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56K ITU V.90 Modern 1 

Integrated 10/100 Network Interlace Card 

Soundmax II Digital Audio 

JBL Platinum Speakers with Digital Audio Port 

64 MB SDR nVidia GeForce2 MX200 with TV-Out 

Compaq CV735 17" Monitor (16.0" VIA) 

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Soundmax II Digital Audio 

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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 

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56K ITU V.90 Modem' 

Integrated 10/100 Network Interface Card 

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Compaq CV535 15" Monitor (13.8" VIA) 

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Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor 1 .00 GHz-M 
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The Fast Five 102 

2GHZ PENTIUM 4 DESKTOPS by Bill O'Brien 

Combining Intel's 2GHz Pentium 4 processor, 256MB of RDRAM, a GeForce3 graphics card, 
and other top-shelf components is a sure-fire recipe for computing speed. But what may 
be most impressive about these five screamers is their affordable pricing. 

ABS Performance 8 • Dell Dimension 8200 • HP Pavilion 9900 • MicronPC Millennia MaxXS 
Polywell Poly 850GB-2000 

Rock-Solid Sound 112 

THREE-PIECE SPEAKER SYSTEMS by Don Labriola 

A three-piece satellite-subwoofer speaker system is still your best bet for getting quality 

sound from your computer. We audition five new models perfect for movies, music, and more. 

>4/fec Lansing 621 • Harman Champagne S£ • Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 • Logitech 1-340 
Sonigistix Monsoon MM- 702 Flat Panel Audio System 

The Personalized PDA 120 

SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO PDA ACCESSORIES by David English 
Personalize your PDA with the right accessories. The techno-trimmings come in a variety 
of forms: modems, miniature keyboards, memory cards, media players, and many more. 

Disc Masters 128 

CD-MASTERING SOFTWARE by Jan Ozer 

To be a true CD-burning ace, you need tools to edit, finesse, and package your discs' 
content. The software bundled with your CD recorder isn't going to cut it— see which of 
these five programs are up to the task. 

Click TV Burn Pro 2.0 • Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum • Nero Burning ROM 5.5 
NTI CD- Maker 2000 Professional Edition 5.0 • SimpliCD 

The Digital Beat Goes On 132 

ONLINE MUSIC GUIDE by Kevin Shay 

In Napster's wake, the major record labels are letting users download digital music for a 
fee. But several Napster-like services offer the same thing— for free. The battle for the 
hearts, minds, and wallets of digital-music fans is underway. 

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VENDOR-BANKRUPTCY SURVIVAL TIPS by Rick Broida 

If your PC vendor sinks beneath the waves, technical support doesn't necessarily have to 

go down with the ship. Follow our tips to find the service and support you need. 

Home Sweet Office 148 

TELECOMMUTING ESSENTIALS by Rob Schenk 

Set up a smart infrastructure for telecommuters, and you could achieve a rare win-win: 
saving your company money and boosting employee morale. Our guide's wealth of 
products and tips will help you keep your remote workers connected. 




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^§£ Photo Fitness 162 

Making prints of your digital images takes some prep work, 
but the results can be well-worth the effort. Check out our 
step-by-step primer on putting your pictures' pixels to paper. 

The Hard Edge by Alice Hill & Bill O'Brien 160 

The Windows XP license agreement befuddles even the "Hard Edge" team. Also, 
Alice discovers how to dial back the Web to 1996, and Bill hungers for a Big Blue 
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Alfred Poor's Computer Cures 167 

Alfred helps decipher Windows error messages, troubleshoots a reader's Zip drive, 
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IBM NetVista X41 60 

HPe-PC40 G4 

Polywell Poly 880XP-1800 70 

Apple iMac Special Edition 71 

HARDWARE 

Matrox Millennium G550 74 

Cornerstone f 1200 74 

TDK 16/10/40 VeloCD ReWriter 76 

Casio QV-4000 76 

HP Photo Scanner 1000 ?? 

Onkyo SE-U55 USB Digital Audio Processor 7? 

Nixvue Digital Album 78 

NETWORKS 

Actiontec Wireless-Ready Multimedia Home Gateway 78 

MOBILE 

Dell Inspiron 4100 82 

SonyVAI0PCG-SR33K 84 

Toshiba Satellite 3000-S353 90 

Compaq iPaq H3850 92 

Samsung SPH-1300 92 

Handspring Eyemodule2 • Kodak PalmPix Camera for 

the m500 Handheld Series 94 

SOFTWARE 

Microsoft Plus for Windows XP 96 

ZoneAlarm 2.6 96 

McAfee VirusScan 6.0 97 

QuarkXPress 5.0 97 

WEB SERVICES 

LikeTelevision 100 

MSN Photos 100 

GAMES 

Command 8c Conquer: Yuri's Revenge • Jack Orlando: 

A Cinematic Adventure • Monopoly Tycoon • Ultimate Ride... 101 

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ow that the holiday season has 
officially come and gone, it's time to 
look at what's in store for 2002. The year 
has barely begun, but it's already clear that 
the battle between AMD and Intel will con- 
tinue to escalate. Though 2001 was a tough 
year for the PC market, 
AMD managed to increase 
its market share significant- 
ly, leaving Intel scrambling 
to stay on top. 

For the moment, Intel 
still holds the clock-speed 
crown with its Pentium 4. 
At press time, PCs powered 
by Intel's 2GHz chip were 
the fastest we'd tested, but keep your eye 
out in coming months for reviews of new 
AMD Athlon XP-based systems. Though 
they run at slower clock speeds, the XP 
1800+ and 1900+ are poised to 
give the 2GHz Intel chip a hard 
run for its money in actual per- 
formance. Still, speed freaks 
won't be disappointed by any of 
the five 2GHz Pentium 4 boxes 
we tested this month. With Intel 
slashing prices and RDRAM sell- 
ing at all-time-low prices, you 
can snag a cutting-edge system 
without breaking the bank. Turn 
to our feature story "The Fast 
Five" (p. 102) to find out which of these 
screamers fits your bill. 

Most of the PCs in our roundup came 
outfitted with excellent sound systems. But 
those of you still suffering with 
the tinny speakers bundled 
with older desktops will want 
to read our comparison of 
three-piece speaker systems. If 
you haven't shopped for speak- 
ers lately, you'll be pleased to 
discover that you can get wall- 
shaking sound for well under 
$200. In "Rock-Solid Sound" (p. 1 12), we put 
five three-piece satellite-subwoofer sets to 
the test and found that spending more 
doesn't always buy you more. 

Once you're outfitted with some decent 
woofers and tweeters, you'll want to build 
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Napster effectively shut down in the middle 
of last year, though, the online music scene 
has been harder to navigate. But don't 
underestimate the power of consumer 
demand; 2002 promises to be the year digi- 
tal music grows up. With the file-sharing 

heirs of Napster squaring 
off against for-pay services 
backed by major record 
labels — including a sub- 
scription version of 
Napster coming soon — 
there are more places than 
ever to find downloadable 
tunes. Don't miss "The 
mmlMM^m Digital Beat Goes On" 
(p. 132), our guide to online music. We'll 
help you navigate the various sites and 
services, and show you where the music's 
free and where you'll pay a fee. 

Because most PCs come 
equipped with CD-RW drives 
these days, burning those MP3s 
onto CDs has become easier 
than ever. If you plan to record 
CDs on a regular basis, howev- 
er, you'll probably want a more 
powerful CD-mastering applica- 
tion than the basic version bun- 
dled with your drive. In "Disc 
Masters" (p. 128), we take a 
closer look at some of the best 
CD-mastering programs to cross our radar 
screen, and give you the scoop on which 
offer the most for your money. 

Finally, if you don't have a CD-RW 
drive — or are looking to 
upgrade — be sure to check 
out our "Buying Advisor" 
column on p. 170. Starting 
this month, veteran tech 
shopper Alice Hill (of 
"Hard Edge" fame) dons the 
mantle of Advisor. This 
month's challenge was find- 
ing an easy-to-install, easy-to-use CD-RW 
drive for under $200, which our new 
Advisor handled with aplomb. 




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been modest in business ventures. 
However, John Dvorak's column, "The 
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tic. He speaks of future handhelds having 
multipurpose I/O ports and possibly a 
docking bay to attach a screen and key- 
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Camedia D-5 1 Zoom. Also, in the December 
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launched Windows XP, the com 
pany got into the long-distance 
business. The software titan 
won't call during dinner to ask 
you to switch carriers, but Net- 
heads can now use the MSN 
Messenger instant-messaging 
application to make voice 
calls to telephones. 

During its PR blitz for 
Windows XP, Microsoft 
offered the free Windows 
Messenger update as evi- 
dence that XP is a good 
platform for third-party 
applications — a point it's 
probably eager to prove 
after being accused of 
bullying during its 
antitrust trial. 

To that end, 
Microsoft partnered with five 
Voice over Internet Protocol 
(VoIP) providers: Dialpad 
Communications (www. 
dialpad.com), which boasts 
more than 14 million users; 



Telus (www.telus.com), 

Canada's second-largest 
telecom company; 
U.K. -based Callserve (www. 
callserve.com); Deltathree 
(www.deltathree.com); and 
Net2Phone ( www.net 2phone. 
com). Dialpad offers prepaid, 
per-minute plans for $10, $25, 
and $50, competitive domestic 
and international rates (like 8 
cents per minute to Japan), and 




moves, but other theories 
abound. The company certainly 
is trying to boost demand for its 
new operating system. And 
some experts theorize that 
Microsoft is trying to get one 
step ahead of rival AOL Time 
Warner (www.aoltimewarner. 
com). AOL Instant Messenger, 
the most popular instant- 
messaging app, currendy doesn't 



offer computer-to-telephone 
calling. 

Or the telephonic push may 
be part of what IDC analyst 
Dan Kusnetzky calls Microsoft's 
successful strategy to "realize 
some revenue for every use of 
computers.'' But he adds that 
consumers and organizational 
users may not go along with 
the company's quest to have a 
finger in every pie. 

It also remains to be seen 
whether consumers will find 
PC telephony as easy, conve- 
nient, or necessary as Microsoft 
hopes. 

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(www.moma.org/brucke) . 

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veryone knows that taking 
a stroll can be energizing, 
but SRI International 
(www.sri.com) aims to put that 
energy to use. SRI, a nonprof- 
it research and development 
corporation, is working with 
the Defense Advanced 
Research Projects Agency to 
develop a boot that generates 
electricity every time your 
heel hits the ground. 

Using technology that 
would make Maxwell Smart 
envious, the boot employs a 
heel constructed of electrici- 
ty-generating plastic, called 
electroactive polymer (EP). 
Although EP sounds exotic, 
you can find similar material at 
your local hardware store, says 
Ron Pelrine, director of 
SRI's advanced transducers 
program. When pressure is 
laced on the material dur- 
ing a heel strike, the poly- 
mer stretches. The plastic 
contracts when you lift 
your foot, pushing positive 
charges away from nega- 
tive charges, creating elec- 
tricity that's stored in a 
small battery. Although the 



experimental shoe won't light 
up Broadway, it does generate 
enough electricity to power 
small equipment, such as radios 
and cell phones — a weight-sav- 
ing benefit for soldiers in the 
field who currently rely on 
heavy batteries for juice. 




These boots were made for power-walking. 

SRI is in discussion with 
major shoe companies about 
consumer applications for the 
technology. Pelrine says that 
the power-generating boot 
could appear on the consumer 
market within three years; 
potential products include a 
hiking boot that contains a self- 
powered signaling device to 
help stranded campers. The 
power-inducing polymers could 
also make a lightweight substi- 
tute for gasoline-powered 
pumps and generators. 

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Would you pay to protect 
your identity as you 
send e-mail or surf the Web? 
Zero-Knowledge Systems 
(www.zeroknowledge.com) found 
that many Web users declined 
to invest in invisibility. 

Last October, citing high 
operating costs and drooping 
demand, ZKS discontinued its 
Freedom Network, which let 
you use the Internet anony- 
mously by bouncing encrypted 
packets across a network of 
more than 100 servers. 

Nonetheless, ZKS and ana- 
lysts see a continued demand 
for Web-security software. The 
Freedom Network foundered 



because most customers 
didn't want or need the 
level of security that it 
offered, says Hamnett Hill, 
ZKS executive vice presi- 
dent. Instead, they pre- 
ferred a product that was 
easier to use and addressed 
day-to-day threats, such as 
hackers and cookies. To 
that end, ZKS launched 
Freedom Privacy & Security 
Tools 3.0, which includes a 
personal firewall, a password 
manager, and blockers for ads 
and cookies. 

Other companies, including 
Anonymizer.com (www. 
anonytnizer.com), Safe Web 




(fugu.safeweb.com), and Zone 
Labs (www.zonelabs.com), have 
seen strong demand for their 
Web-security and privacy 
products. 

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it is growing," says John 
Pescatore, vice president 
and research director of 
network security at 
Gartner. 

The problem with the 
Freedom Network, says 
Pescatore, was that most 
Web users could achieve a 
certain level of anonymity 
by setting up a free e-mail 
account with Yahoo Mail 
(mail.yahoo.com) or 
Hotmail (www.hotmail.com). 
Also, the increasing atten- 
tion paid to privacy con- 
cerns by major Internet ven- 
dors has decreased the fear of 
compromised privacy. In the 
end, he adds, only two classes 
of user really need to pay for 
anonymity: "criminal elements 
and perverts." —Elaine X. Grant 



Socks, Underwear, 
And 100 Shares of IBM 



Online isn't the only place 
to be anymore. Even 
quintessential Web-based com- 
panies like E-Trade (www. 
etrade.com) are showing 
increased enthusiasm for the 
boring old brick-and-mortar 
world. 

This year, E-Trade and mer- 
chandiser Target will open 



new E-Trade Zones in 22 
Target stores. The Zones are 
manned by E-Trade customer- 
service representatives and 
equipped with terminals that 
allow users to get information, 
open accounts, make trades, 
and access stock quotes and 
financial news. The new 
E-Trade Zones bring the total 



to 43 Zones in Target stores in 
nine states. 

The arrangement is a boon 
to Target, which can market 
itself as a store where customers 
can do their shopping and man- 
age their finances all in one trip. 
That, says Jerry Coy, vice presi- 
dent of strategic marketing at 
Target Financial Services, is a 
plus. "It's beyond what guests 
would expect in a typical retail 
environment," he says. 



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merchandise ordered online or through catalogs into many happy returns for all involved. 

"How returns are handled will color a customer's view of the entire company," says C.J. Gabriel Jr., 
president and CEO of Newgistics. 

The service rolled out in New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Atlanta last year. The 
ReturnValet Web site points users to the nearest return loca- 
tion — usually a mail or parcel store — in their city, and even 
provides a map and driving directions. 

Customers simply return merchandise purchased from a par- 
ticipating retailer to a partner location, and a receipt is issued for 
the purchase, exclusive of shipping charges. 

Until its national rollout in early 2002, the service works only 
with the Spiegel Group's Eddie Bauer, Spiegel, and Newport 
News retailers. Additional retailers such as Lillian Vernon and 
Sincerely Yours will participate starting in early 2002. 

Sounds like a great service, but not everyone sees the value. 
Forrester Research analyst Christopher M. Kelley says most Web 
buyers who have returned a product report that it was just as 
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the Zones as a less expensive 
way to get new business, gain 
exposure to the mainstream 
market, and offer a personal- 
ized customer experience. 

It may seem like a strange 
partnership, but IDC analyst 
Shaw Lively says it makes good 
sense. "It may work out for both 
of them," says Lively, who points 
out that a few years ago, ATMs 
in supermarkets seemed like an 
odd idea. "Nobody thought 
supermarket banking would be 
what it is today," he says. 

E-Trade Zones are also part 
of a trend among online bro- 
kerage firms to offer customers 
nonwired ways to use their ser- 
vices. "There aren't very many 
pure online companies left," 
Lively says. 

Another reason the 
arrangement might yield 
good results is that E-Trade 
offers services that extend 
beyond trading, such as 
mortgages and personal 
banking. "You won't neces- 
sarily go into Target to make 
a trade, but you might pay a 
bill or check a balance," 
Lively says. 

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Wireless broadband is a 
laptop owner's dream 
come true — if you have the 
money to pay for it. Now, with 
an 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless 
communication card in hand, 
you may be able to grab a free, 
speedy Net connection from a 
park bench, coffee shop, or even 
your apartment. Some broad- 
band users are creating neigh- 
borhood Wi-Fi access points, 
making wireless broadband 
available, for free, to anyone 
within signal range. 

Finding a free wireless net- 
work can be tricky. The Bay 
Area Wireless Users Group 
(www.bawug.org) publishes a 
list of open networks in the 
San Francisco Bay area, as well 
as links to other lists nation- 
wide. Another resource is 
FreeNetworks.org (www. 
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though it can be hard to 
tell if it is open to the 
public. "Many of us are 
encouraging people to 
use 'open' as part of the 
network ID in open 
networks," says Cliff 
Skolnick, who maintains 
the Bay Area list. 

Skolnick also encour- 
ages home broadband 
users to consider provid- 
ing wireless access to 
their communities. "Why not 
share a resource that does not 
have any incremental cost?" 
he asks. 

Sharing your home Internet 
connection may be generous, 
but it may not be legal. The 
terms of service for many resi- 
dential broadband access 
providers prohibit distributing 
access to others. "So-called 
'free-nets,' where someone sets 
up an unauthorized wireless 
way to hook up friends or fami- 
ly members without charge, is 
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ments," says Mike Luftman, 
vice president of corporate 
communications for Time 
Warner Cable, owner of 



broadband service provider 
Road Runner. "It is the same 
thing as cable theft and is 
against the law." 

Skolnick agrees. "It's short- 
sighted for people to not follow 
the acceptable-use policy of 
their ISP," he says. "You can get 
a DSL ISP that does not have 
those restrictions, or business- 
class service with less restrictive 
policies." 

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provider threaten legal action 
isn't the only hazard. Sharing 
your connection is a potential 
security risk to your data, so 
you'd need to turn off file and 
printer sharing. — Kevin Savetz 



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YOU might not be smiling 
if you're caught on can- 
did camera — a traffic camera, 
that is. To help drivers avoid 
unwanted portraits, a British 
company has created a 
device that warns them 
when they're nearing 
"speed cameras," which 
snap photos of speeding 
vehicles. 

Morpheous* Geodesy 
device (www.morpheous.co. 
uk) uses Global Positioning 
System (GPS) satel- 
lites to track a car's 
location and compare 
it to a database of 
known speed traps. 
Lights and a buzzer 
warn you when you're 
within a mile of a speed 
camera. 

The company has 
sold about 10,000 units 
in the United Kingdom, 
Belgium, and Germany. You 
won't currently find the 
Geodesy, which costs £350, or 
around $500, on an American 
dashboard, but the company 
hopes to release it in the 
United States. 

Traffic cameras are a bigger 
issue for European drivers than 



for those in the States, where 
such cameras are used almost 
exclusively to catch drivers who 
run red lights. 

The Geodesy would alert 
drivers to the red-light cameras 
in the more than 60 U.S. com- 
munities in which they are 
deployed, and it would be legal. 
Conventional radar detectors 
are legal in noncommercial 
vehicles (except in Washington, 
D.C., and Virginia). Because the 
Geodesy detects nothing but 
the car's position, current legis- 
lation would not outlaw its use. 

Officer Jason Lee, a 
spokesman for the Los Angeles 




The Geodesy puts the brakes on traffic 
tickets in Europe. 

Police Department, believes the 
gadget would be of limited 
usefulness, however. "There 
are other ways to get caught," 
he says. "There are estimating 
speed, pacing, and other ways 
to catch speeders — for their 
safety and the safety of others." 

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What Do You 
Want to Learn 
Today? 

The cost of a child's educa- 
tion can take a huge chunk 
out of a parent's wallet. A new 
program from Microsoft 
(www.microsoft.com) may help 
defray some costs. 

The software giant is letting 
students and teachers buy its 




Office XP suite for $159, a steep 
discount from the $479 retail 
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"We are committed to 
empowering educators and stu- 
dents, both in school and after 
school," says Scott Bishop, 
product manager for Office XR 

To qualify, the buyer must 
be a part-time or full-time stu- 
dent, or a teacher at an accredit- 
ed educational institution, from 
kindergarten to college. 

While Microsoft may not 
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tomers who could not 
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Can USB Dial Up Net-Phone Sales? 

Customers of Net-telephony companies such as Net2Phone 
(www.net2phone.com) and Dialpad Communications 
(www.dialpad.com) have been making calls for years, but so far, most 
consumers have stuck to their traditional phones. 

But that may soon be changing if companies such as London- 
based Callserve Communications (www.callserve.com) have their 
way. Callserve 's XpPhone Internet telephone handset plugs directly 
into a computer's USB port and automatically configures itself, 
enabling users to make Internet calls. 

Compare that to past 
Internet calling efforts in 
which users had to man- 
euver microphones and 
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were configured correctly. 

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Some parents never need be in the dark about their children's 
school performance. 

Many educators are experimenting with online services, such as 
PowerSchool (Www.povverschoo/.com), ThinkWave (www.thinkwave. 
com), and Mygradebook.com (www.mygradebook.com), where they 
can post information about students for parents to see. 

"Teachers upload information about attendance, assignments, and 
grades; students and parents with passwords log into the system to 
access it. Some systems even let parents see how their child is 
performing compared with other (anonymous) students. 

The use of such services isn't surprising, as schools are increasingly 
bullish about technology. An October report by IDC found that school 
systems are expected 
to increase their tech- 
nology spending this 
school year, unlike busi- 
nesses in many other 
markets, which are 
cutting technology 
budgets. 

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ways to get information to parents. 

Costs vary. A teacher can subscribe to such a service for as little as 
$30 per year, while a school administrator might pay several thousand 
dollars to equip an entire staff and student body with online grading 
capabilities. Many of the services offer discounts to groups of teachers 
who sign up concurrently. 

But there is a downside. Some students have complained 
about having their parents breathing down their necks, and privacy 
advocates have questioned whether the services violate students' 
privacy. 

Teachers, too, have gripes. Angela Polk, a former sixth-grade 
teacher at Thompson Middle School in Boston, says one of the most 
frustrating results of communicating electronically with parents is the 
occasional parent who e-mails too often. "A few would e-mail us two 
or three times a day, every day," she says. 

But, she says, in moderation such services are effective tools, and a 
great way for parents and teachers to stay in contact. — T.H. 



familiarity of making phone calls for our customers," he says. 

But will the ease of use translate into more Internet phone calls? 
Net-telephony giant Net2Phone is banking that it will; the company 
is marketing a variety of USB devices, from handsets to headsets, for 
use with its service. 

Forrester Research senior analyst Seema Williams thinks this 
may not be enough to attract mass adoption. "There might not be 
any fiddling with sound cards, but plugging anything into the back 
of your PC tends to cut down on usage," she says. "Besides, given 
Windows' notorious propensity to crash, consumers will be worried 
that they won't be able to use the phone if there's PC trouble." 

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What it is: 

Handspring's $399 Treo 180 comes tantaliz- 
ingly close to the promise of unified mes- 
saging. The PDA fuses a full-featured, dual- 
band mobile phone with a Palm OS-based 
organizer and an Internet-capable handheld. 



What can it do? 

A lot. The Treo 180 supports Short Message 
Service (SMS), mobile e-mail, and wireless 
Web access. It employs a tiny QWERTY key- 
board for text input, while for the same 
price, a 180g model takes its cues from 
Graffiti text input. Both have a flip-up ear- 
piece. And a $599 version with a color 
display is slated for release in mid-2002. 












What about Web access? 

Fast and easy, thanks to Handspring's 
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Your cell phone's jealous. 

Here's why: One-handed dialing is a snap 
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photos (at a resolution of up to 640 by 480 pix- 
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make yourself seen with video e-mail, video 
instant messaging, and video monitoring. 



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Those who find notebook cursor controls frustrat- 
ing should consider the PocketMouse Pro from 
Kensington. Designed specifically for laptops, this 
sleek $39.99 device has several nifty tricks that 
make it a very roadworthy rodent. Besides its 
small stature, the PocketMouse Pro is outfitted 
with three programmable buttons and a scroll 
wheel. What really sets it apart, however, is its 
retractable cable: An adjustable-length USB cord 
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Feel realistic force with Saitek's $59.95 Cyborg 3D 
Force Stick joystick, which delivers up to 10 force- 
feedback experiences simultaneously. You'll sense 
action like the recoil from firing a laser cannon, an 
enemy missile slamming into your rear shields, or a 
crashing plunge into an asteroid. Equally comfortable 
for right- or left-handed users, the Cyborg 3D is 
equipped with a dual right/left-hand throttle, four 
thumb buttons, four base buttons, and a rapid- 
response trigger. This stick also comes tricked out 
with an eight-way point-of-view hat switch, a lever 
throttle, and a 3D twist for really tight maneuvers. 



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Incorporating style, ergonomics, and durability into 
one notebook bag is a daunting challenge, but 
design maverick Crumpler has done just that. The 
company's supersturdy $125 Very Busy Man Laptop 
Bag is surprisingly roomy, easy to carry, and backed 
by a 99-year warranty. The bag, available in four col- 
ors, is also decked out with features such as heavy- 
duty rip-stop nylon fabric, big zippers, and seatbelt- 
type straps. And its "third leg" stabilizing strap 
makes the Very Busy Man's 14 liters of volume more 
comfortable to wear for extended periods. 



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Weighing less than an ounce without batteries, 
Panasonic's $299.95 e-Wear SV-SD80 digital audio 
player is so small that you'll carry hours of digital 
music as an afterthought. The tiny e-Wear can be 
strapped around the neck, arm, or wrist, and includes 
a 64MB Secure Digital memory card. It employs a 
stand-alone USB reader/writer to shuttle tunes from 
your PC to the memory card— this way, you don't 
squander the player's battery power while transfer- 
ring files. Also included is a rechargeable NiMH AAA 
battery, which the company claims will power the 
SV-SD80 for up to 50 hours on a single charge. 



-O Panasonic e-Wear SV-SD80 

Panasonic 
www.panasonic. com 




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Motorola's new $399 i90c Limited Edition is 
one business phone that's dressed to thrill. 
But despite its translucent housing and flashing 
blue lights, this handset is a serious corporate 
tool. Employing Nextel's two-way radio service, 
the device allows you to instantly address other 
individuals or groups on Nextel's network with a 
push-to-talk radio capability. Of course, the i90c 
is also a fully capable digital cell phone that can 
handle hands-free conference calling, test mes- 
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ring tones. 



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Leading-Edge Desktops 






ABS Performance 

XP1* 

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Apple Power Mac 

G4 

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Falcon Northwest 

MachV 

www. falcon-nw.com 

Gateway 

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MicronPC 
Millennia Max XS* 
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$1,789 

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$2,499 
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$3,827 



$2,598 
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1.47GHz Athlon XP; 
256MB DDR; 60GB 
hard drive; 19-inch CRT; 
nVidia GeForce3 Ti 500 

867MHz PowerPC G4; 
128MB SDRAM; 60GB 
hard drive; nVidia 
GeForce2 MX; no monitor 






BOTTOM LINE 



A great choice for power users on a budget, 
delivering performance comparable to more 
expensive systems. Includes a high-performance 
Plextor CD-RW drive. 

Packs the fastest CPU ever seen in a Mac. Also 
outfitted with Apple's SuperDrive DVD/CD burner, as 
well as two IEEE 1 394 (FireWire) and two USB ports. 



Athlon XP 1800+; 512MB One of the most sophisticated gaming systems we've 

DDR; dual RAID 40GB hard seen. Manufactured with incredible attention to detail 

drives; 19-inch CRT; nVidia and loaded with top-shelf components, including an 

GeForce3 Ti 500 overclocked CPU and graphics card. 



2GHz Pentium 4; 
256MB RDRAM; 80GB 
hard drive; 1 5-inch 
LCD; ATI Radeon 8500G 

2GHz Pentium 4; 
256MB RDRAM; 40GB 
hard drive; 19-inch 
CRT; nVidia GeForce3 



Built for speed and comfort, this system has it all, 
including excellent speakers and a crisp 15-inch 
LCD. A good solution for gamers or movie buffs who 
can't watch DVDs in the living room. 

A winning combination of price and performance. 
Ideally suited for demanding home users or 
small-office workers looking to lighten their daily 
workload. 



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Apple Power Mac 

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2GHz Pentium 4; 256MB 
RDRAM; 80GB hard drive; 
19-inch CRT; nVidia 
GeForce3 

1.1GHz Celeron; 128MB 
SDRAM; 40GB hard drive; 
integrated graphics; no 
monitor 

2GHz Pentium 4; 256MB 
SDRAM; 80GB hard drive; 
17-inch LCD; nVidia 
GeForce2 MX 

1 .8GHz Pentium 4; 256MB 
SDRAM; 40GB hard drive; 
integrated 17-inch LCD; 
ATI Rage 128 Ultra 



BOTTOM LINE 



The most advanced Mac available, although few 
applications take advantage of the dual processors. 
Includes Apple's SuperDrive CD/DVD burner. 

A well-designed system with an easily accessible chassis 
and performance in line with other machines in its class. 
Backed by thorough warranty options, superior electronic 
documentation, and online assistance. 

Designed for quick deployment in corporate 
environments. Extremely compact, with outstanding 
security features. Its one drawback: Performance 
is merely middle of the road. 

Tailored for corporate users, this machine combines 
an economical but powerful Pentium 4/SDRAM 
architecture with excellent service and support 
options and a tool-free case. 

Packaged in a space-saving, all-in-one case with 
easily accessible ports, this system also includes a 
bright LCD that produces vibrant colors. 



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HP Omnibook 6000 
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Sharp PC-AR50 
www.sharp-usa.com 



Sony VAIO 

PCG-GR150K 
www.sony.com 

Toshiba Portege 

4000 

www.toshiba.com 



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900MHz Celeron; 128MB 
SDRAM; 10GB hard drive; 
14.1 -inch TFT; integrated 
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900MHz Pentium III; 
128MB SDRAM; 20GB 
hard drive; 14.1 -inch 
TFT; ATI Rage Mobility-Mi 

850MHz Pentium III; 
128MB SDRAM; 20GB 
hard drive; 14.1 -inch 
TFT; ATI Rage Mobility-M1 

866MHz Pentium lll-M; 
128MB RAM; 20GB hard 
drive; 14.1-inch TFT; ATI 
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750MHz Pentium III; 
256MB SDRAM; 30GB 
hard drive; 12.1 -inch 
TFT; Trident CyberBlade XP 






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An impressive budget notebook for users not looking 
for a graphics or gaming powerhouse. Other 
highlights: long battery life and a generous software 
bundle. 

Makes up for middling performance with excellent 
battery life, a travel-friendly design, and a sharp 
screen, all backed by a three-year warranty. 

Ideal for corporate users, this solid performer is 
lightweight and loaded with a CD-RW drive, two USB 
ports, and an IEEE 1 394 (FireWire) connector. 

A good, if slightly unorthodox, business notebook, 
this eye-catching rig offers first-class performance 
and flexible drive options at a competitive price. 

Its performance limitations notwithstanding, this 
system's 4.5-pound travel weight, built-in 802.11b 
(Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth support, and three-year warranty 
make it a great choice for business professionals. 



IP-Inch CRT Monitors 



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PRODUCT 



Compaq SP20 
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$229 
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Cornerstone c650 
www.bigmonitors.com 



Eizo FlexScan F520 
www.eizo.com 



Samsung SyncMaster 
700NF 

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Sceptre D??D 
www.sceptre.com 



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$209 
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pitch; 1 ,280x1 ,024 top 
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0.23mm horizontal dot 
pitch; 1 ,280x1 ,024 top 
resolution 

0.25mm dot pitch; 
1,600x1 ,200 top 
resolution 

0.25mm stripe pitch; 
1,600x1,200 top 
resolution 



BOTTOM LINE 



Low-cost model, targeted primarily at business 
users. Offers good image quality, distinctive design, 
excellent color reproduction, and comprehensive 
documentation. 

Provides outstanding performance at all but the highest 
resolutions, with evenly focused images from edge to 
edge. Users can further tweak display performance 
with Cornerstone's free downloadable software. 

Comparable performance to larger, more expensive 
monitors. Razor-sharp focus and excellent, flicker-free 
image quality from edge to edge, even at the highest 
resolution. 

Excellent choice for performance-minded budget 
shoppers. Equipped with a Naturally Flat 
aperture-grille tube and a pop-out panel for display 
controls. 

This flat-screen CRT features a 16.1 -inch viewing 
area and bright, sharp images with no visible flicker. 
Our only quibbles: the poorly designed onscreen 
controls and lean documentation. 



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Answers to Questionable 
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Two nonprofit organizations promote reliability to pave 
the way toward smoother online shopping. 

HOPPING ONLINE HAS BEEN BOTH A BOON AND A BURDEN 
for consumers. Some have benefited from broad selections, jackpot 
prices, and unbeatable convenience, while others have slammed 

against obstacles such as vanishing orders, wobbly shopping carts, wildly 

erroneous billings, and products that limp in DOA. 

After more than five years of practice, online vendors should be getting it 




right all the time and adhering to higher 
standards. But who's going to make them? 
Most consumers who've had bad online 
shopping experiences don't share their frus- 
tration with fellow shoppers. 

Now one of the most respected names in 
unbiased product ratings is collecting infor- 
mation about consumer experiences the old- 
fashioned way — by telephone. Consumers 
Union, the nonprofit publisher of the vener- 
able Consumer Reports, has kicked off a pro- 
gram called the Web Credibility Project that 
will measure integrity in the world of 
e-commerce, recommending guidelines for 
best practices to Web merchants and provid- 
ing research-based ratings to their cus- 
tomers. The company is meticulously gath- 
ering consumer-attitudes research via scien- 
tifically valid phone surveys, rather than 
Web-based research. 

In a few months Consumers Union 
intends to launch a Web site that will deliver 
"e-ratings" modeled after those of Consumer 
Reports. The mission, says Beau Brendler, 
director of the project, is to grade online 
merchants on criteria such as transaction 
fees, shipping rates, and upfront disclosure of 
information. 

Full disclosure is among the most elemen- 
tal, yet the most critical. "We want Web sites 
to reveal what sorts of business relationships 
they have ( with the makers of products they 
sell], to properly label advertisements, and to 
provide basic information such as physical 
address, phone numbers, and who owns the 
site," Brendler says. 



The Council of Better 
Business Bureaus 
and the publisher 
of Consumer Reports 
are taking steps to 
make the Web a 
better place to shop. 

After Consumers Union has analyzed the 
data, it will publish ratings on its upcoming 
Web site, first concentrating on e-commerce 
and consumer-electronics shopping, then 
later expanding to portals and search engines. 
The good news is, unlike with Consumer 
Reports, the e-ratings will be free. 

Consumers Union will not bestow seals of 
approval, however. They imply a need for 
enforcement, and we don't have the budget to 
do that,'' Brendler says. 

One company that does actively confer 
merit badges — and also champions wronged 
consumers — is the BBBOnLine (www. 
bbbonline.com). The Web outpost of the 
Better Business Bureau (BBB) launched its 
Reliability Seal program in 1997 to boost 
consumer confidence and lift legitimate 
businesses above the pack. Today more than 
10,240 Web merchants have qualified for the 
Reliability Seal. 



"We're a resource for consumers to find 
companies with a positive track record with 
the BBB where the company is located, and 
that have agreed to meet BBB standards,'' says 
Steve Salter, director of BBBOnLine 's reliabili- 
ty program. "One of the more important stan- 
dards is the commitment to work with the 
Bureau to resolve disputes with customers." 

Like Consumers Union, the BBBOnLine 
doesn't rely only on Web research to make its 
decisions. "In most cases, we have visited 
companies in person to make sure that they 
are where they say they are and that they have 
inventory in stock," Salter says. 

Even with the proven companies, howev- 
er, problems can arise. That explains why the 
organization's online complaint form aver- 
ages 1,000 submissions a day, which are dis- 
patched to 127 BBBs in the United States for 
action, Salter says. You can file a complaint 
against any company regardless of whether 
it's a member of the BBB or the BBBOnLine 
Reliability program. 

Both Salter and Brendler note consumers 
would prefer to steer their shopping carts 
clear of problems in the first place, but judg- 
ing the credibility of a site can be tricky. Here 
are a few tips: 

# — Buy only from merchants you trust. If 
you're unfamiliar with a site, check out its 
background at the Better Business Bureau's 
site (www.bbb.org), which lists roughly 2 mil- 
lion reports on companies. You can even 
search for a company by URL. 
# — Make sure the business lists its physical 
address and phone number — you'll want this 
information should you need to file a com- 
plaint with a local BBB. Also carefully consid- 
er the company's return and refund policies, 
and look for a privacy notice that discloses 
exactly what the merchant does with your 
personal data. 

# — If possible, shop at a site that has earned 
a solid brick-and-mortar reputation, such as 
Best Buy or J.C. Penney. Besides the reassur- 
ance of a familiar name, you'll be able to 
return products at physical stores, if you 
choose. 

These precautions, in tandem with the 
efforts of organizations such as Consumers 
Union and BBBOnLine, should pave the way 
for smoother shopping. And it's about time. 
The industry has matured to the point where 
the basics are all in place," Salter says. "The 
technology is in place, and if a company has 
survived the dot-com shakeout, it certainly 
should be able to fill orders." 

Rik Fairlie is editor of Computer Shopper. 
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Why your next PC will be a notebook— or at least why it should be. 



WANT TO KNOW WHERE TECHNOLOGY IS HEADED? JUST 
look at online traffic patterns and extrapolate from there. I'm 
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Web audience and expect to unearth meaningful results. But digging into the 
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ucts by the bucketful — does offer telling clues about trends to watch for. 



(CNET Networks is Computer Shopper's par- 
ent company.) Take the never-ending push- 
pull between desktops and notebooks. 
According to IDC, desktops outsell note- 
books by a margin of 3-to-l. I'm guessing 
CNET users haven't read the latest reports. 
In fact, their buying patterns point to a com- 
ing boom in notebook sales, possibly at the 
expense of the reliable old desktop. 

First, though, I should explain where 
this data comes from. CNET doesn't sell 
products. We do, however, count up 
"leads," clicks that take a CNET or 
Shopper.com reader from our site to either 
a direct manufacturer's site such as Dell or 
Gateway, or to a reseller such as CDW 
or Computers4Sure. Leads are our best 
indication of what our users are buying. 
Remember, too, that CNET users are a 
technologically savvy crew, comfortable 
with Web research and online purchasing; 
as you'd expect, they've always been more 
susceptible to the notebook's siren song 
than your average computer user. Even so, 
back in January 2001, online desktop pur- 
chases — facilitated by CNET, at least — far 
outstripped notebook buys. Y2K anxiety 
had scared plenty of people into buying 
new, 2000-ready PCs, and pricey notebooks 
kept others from taking the portable 
plunge. 

Fast-forward just five months to May, 
and we saw a remarkable turnaround. For 
the first time ever on CNET, clicks leading 
to notebook vendors exceeded those to 
desktop makers. What's going on here? A 



For the first time 
ever on CNET, clicks 
leading to notebook 
vendors exceeded 
those to desktop 
makers. A deeper dig 
behind the numbers 
suggests we're seeing 
a fundamental shift 
in PC-consumption 
patterns. 



deeper dig behind the numbers suggests 
we're seeing a fundamental shift in PC-con- 
sumption patterns. For years I've been 
hearing from readers that they weren't 
quite ready to buy a notebook; the 
machines were too heavy, the screens too 
small, the battery too short-lived, and the 
processors too wimpy. But with the advent 
of healthy-size screens, reasonable battery 
life, and potent mobile chips, the notebook 
suddenly started making sense to many 
CNET users. 



Money played a role in that decision. In 
a wide-open marketplace like the Web, 
where pricing is competitive and com- 
parative information is readily available, 
people will find the sweet spot, the 
price point at which they can get the 
most for their money. In January 2001, 
thousands of notebook purchasers at 
CNET concluded the sweet spot lay some- 
where between $2,000 and $2,500. 
What kind of notebook did that buy them? 
Probably a desktop replacement such 
as a 750MHz Sony VAIO, a 500MHz 
Apple PowerBook G3, or a lightweight 
Fujitsu LifeBook, which clocked in at 
600MHz; all desirable machines, but 
imperfect ones as well. 

By October 2001, the sweet spot had 
headed way south — the most popular note- 
books on CNET were going for $1,000 to 
$1,250. The efficient online market had 
decreed the bargain notebook suddenly 
made sense. Yes, these machines, laptops 
such as the 900MHz Celeron-based Dell 
Inspiron and the 5-pound 500MHz Apple 
iBook, weren't perfect, but compromise is 
easy to accept when you're paying $1,000; 
at $2,500, those same concessions are hard 
to swallow. Where the January 2001 bar- 
gain notebooks, with their cramped 
screens, serious heft, and modest proces- 
sors, didn't cut it, their end-of-2001 coun- 
terparts did. Just like that, a switch had 
been flicked, and online shoppers wasted 
no time responding. 

Here's another reason to bet on the 
notebook: Desktop upgrades have become 
largely irrelevant. Time was, you had to 
move up to a new PC every two years just 
to run the latest software or try the newest 
techno-toys. Today, unless you're a digital- 
video documentarian, a rabid gamer, or 
just can't live without Windows XP (unlike- 
ly, I know), you can easily squeeze a few 
more years out of old faithful. Hard drives 
are big enough, bandwidth is plentiful, and 
even older processors can suffice for most 
activities. If you're going to buy a machine, 
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HE IDEA OF CHARGING FOR SOFTWARE ON A PERUSE BASIS 
or as a rental or lease item is a throwback to a model that was largely 
vanquished by the evolution of the IBM PC and Microsoft. Why is it 
suddenly reappearing as a "good idea" from companies such as Microsoft? 

What makes it so appealing to a large company like Microsoft is that the num- 
bers and profit margins are incredible, even to a company banking $1 billion per 




month from the sale of its products. But 
exactly whom will this retro scheme attract? 
In the short term, IT managers who like 
such old-fashioned notions. In the long 
term, nobody. 

The software-as-service model is the soft- 
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network computer, an idea whose time 
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because it would rather massively increase 
sales than resign itself to becoming a stable, 
steady-growth, IBM-like company. It may be 
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EMBRACING THE ENEMY 

Until recently, Microsoft considered the soft- 
ware-as-service model an enemy modern 
notions would obliterate. Now the company 
has decided to use it as a methodology for 
growth. This has led to various crackpot 
schemes, such as .Net, while it test-markets 
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Would a business pay $5 per day per seat 
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The product sells for around $500. At, say, 
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Whom will this retro 
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IT managers who like 
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instead of selling it. 

This isn't going to work for the same rea- 
son Sony can't sell downloadable music for 
$2.50 for a single album cut. Despite the fact 
that there's virtually zero manufacturing 
and distribution costs, the record companies 
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even more, based on the mistaken notion 
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tomers download music. This mentality 
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accounting work for the bank was actually 
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ness eventually crept into ATM machines, 
which often charge users even though they 



save banks money. 

The notion of passing savings on to the 
user is lost on banks, record companies, and 
other profiteers. Microsoft is no different. 
The only reason to develop a software-as- 
service model is to increase profits, not to 
benefit the customer. Although some may 
argue the customer somehow comes out 
ahead, the goal is to get customers to give 
you more money, not less. 

The main reason such schemes fail is 
today's computer user isn't an idiot who can't 
add two and two. The only beneficiaries of 
the pay-per-use model are someone who 
can't afford to own anything and has to ramp 
up fast and cheap, and someone in an emer- 
gency situation — you're in Timbuktu and 
your computer dies, and you absolutely must 
have access to Word and a rented computer. 

The real downside of the software-as-ser- 
vice model is it's most likely to be undercut 
by competition. Although Microsoft is a 
monopoly in the OS business and a virtual 
monopoly in the office-suite business, 
upstarts in the office-suite business, such as 
Software602, which offers a credible office 
suite for free, can still kill it. 

THE OFFICE UNDERGROUND 

Microsoft also has to compete with itself. 
Once someone buys Office 2000 or Office XP, 
what's the point of licensing anything for a 
day? In fact, since the release of Office 97, 
Microsoft has made few improvements to 
office suites that warrant serious spending. It's 
nice to keep up and have the latest versions, 
but you don't need them. They're trivial 
upgrades. A bootleg underground of old ver- 
sions of Office is likely to emerge if Microsoft 
were to go to the software-rental model and 
discontinue the shrink-wrapped product. 

The only way a rental or service model 
can emerge at this late juncture is if some 
mysterious have-to-have-it-to-survive soft- 
ware program arrived on the scene and was 
immediately established as a rent-only sys- 
tem. And I wonder how long even that 
would last before it was cloned and sold as a 
shrink-wrapped program. 

Software as a service exists at the high 
end of computing, with products such as 
SAP and various database systems used by 
large corporations. Lotus Notes falls into 
this category, too. But it's hard to imagine 
any personal-productivity or mass-market 
program being sold effectively this way. 



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EOPLE USUALLY CONSIDER COMPUTERS LIKE IBM'S 1.8GHZ PENTIUM 
4-powered NetVista X41 to be corporate trophies, as if its sleek jet-black casing, 
highly integrated components, and LCD panel are the to-be-expected rewards for 
overachieving. A NetVista sitting on your desktop announces that ya done good. But that's 
not news. What's novel about the X41 is its mostly justifiable $2,299 price. 

The NetVista X41 is a one-piece "all-in-one" design, with the CPU portion wrapping 
around and behind the display's pedestal. The drive bay sits on a pivoting platform hidden 
just below the lower bezel of the panel. Press a button, and the drive drops down for 
access; a gentle tuck upward, and it latches out of sight. In previous versions of the 
NetVista we've looked at, the bay platform contained both floppy and DVD drives. Here, 
only a combo DVD- 
ROM / CD-RW drive 
is present, and the 
floppy drive is an 
external USB device. 
With the growing 
popularity of CD- 
RW drives, it seems 
only a matter of 
time before the 
lowly floppy drive 
goes the way of the 
dodo — not only in 
NetVistas, but in 
PCs in general. 

IBM's design 
team deserves 
praise for position- 
ing the ports cor- 
rectly. Many of the 
all-in-one systems 
we've seen require 
torturous hand con- 
tortions to get con- 
nectors into tiny 
recessed cubby- 
holes situated in all 
the wrong places, 
often hidden by plastic panels. The 
NetVista sports ports both at the back of 
the CPU portion of the device and at the 
top rear of the display, all within easy 
reach. Around the back, you'll also find a 
removable hatch for two low-profile PCI 
expansion slots. Though low-profile cards 
can be hard to find, IBM offers modem 
and IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) upgrades. The 
system lacks any other device-expansion 
opportunities, apart from its six USB 
ports. If you opt for the IEEE 1394 
upgrade, that and the six USB ports 



should provide enough expansion flexibili- 
ty for almost any scenario. 

Once you've absorbed the design 
nuances and sit in front of the screen, 
you'll notice that the 17-inch LCD excels 
in both graphics and video. It produces 
vibrant colors, and the screen brightness 
during DVD playback — often a problem 
for LCDs — wasn't lacking. In fact, we had 
to reduce it a bit. You can make the 
adjustments from either the front-mount- 
ed controls or from within the 
Mediamatics DVD player. The two speak- 



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the panel's bezel 
won't shake your 
office windows with 
volume, but the 
audio quality makes 
up for it. 

IBM computers 
are known for their 
conservative perfor- 
mance, and the 
NetVista is no excep- 
tion. Though based 
on a peppy 1.8GHz 
Pentium 4, it's sad- 
dled with SDRAM 
and an integrated, 
last-generation 
graphics system. 

That's a 
recipe for 
mediocre 

performance compared with 
decked-out RDRAM systems. 
Pitted against rivals with a sim- 
ilar memory type but cutting- 
edge graphics cards, the X41 
lagged behind in our Office 
Productivity suite, with its 
score falling about 10 percent 
below those of the competi- 
tion. And three words about 
the NetVista's 3D performance 
will suffice: Don't go there. 
Many corporations would give 
their PC users the same advice, 
which is why 3D (and thus 
gaming) performance is 
neglected in the NetVista. 

IBM offers 24/7 toll-free 
customer support and backs 
the NetVista X series with a 
one-year onsite warranty. 
Considering the level of inte- 
gration in the system, you 
might want to think of it more 
as a notebook and consider 
one of IBM's three-year onsite-warranty 
upgrades; a top-notch three-year pact 
with four-hour onsite response during 
business hours costs $239. 

We won't try to convince you that the 
NetVista X series is anything less than a 
corporate prize — it is. But underneath the 
slick sheen lies a competent meat-and- 
potatoes computer more than capable of 
tackling typical office tasks, and an LCD 
that's very easy on the eyes. Besides, you 
probably deserve it. 

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> 3 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Browser and API 

> 2 USB Ports 

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> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft" Windows* XP home edition 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

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YOU EXPECT TO HEAR KEYS JINGLING WHEN YOU BUY A NEW CAR, 
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Packard's e-PC 40. Designed for quick and easy deployment in big corporations, 
the $1,204 e-PC 40 comes with several security-minded features, including a key lock to 
prevent unauthorized access. 

Not much larger than a dictionary, the e-PC 40 can sit horizontally or vertically, and fits 
easily into the most cramped cubicles. Inside, Intel's fastest-yet Celeron revs the machine 
to 1.1 GHz, but other components work against this promising clock speed. For starters, 
HP put a spacious (40GB) but slow (5,400rpm) hard drive in the system and uses Intel's 
integrated 81 5E graphics engine instead of a graphics card. The installed 128MB of RAM 
is sufficient for run- 
ning Windows XP, but 
256MB would have 
been preferable. 

In our tests, the 
e-PC 40 experienced 
bottlenecks in all the 
critical throughput 
areas: disk, graphics, 
and memory subsys- 
tems. Once you've 
adjusted for operating- 
system differences — 
Windows 2000 gener- 
ally delivers better 
application scores than 
Windows XP — the 
HP's application per- 
formance is relatively 
slow. Compared with 
the Gateway 300X, the 
HP lags by about 7 
percent overall on 
applications. Even so, 
keep in mind that most new PCs provide 
more than adequate performance for ordi- 
nary business apps, and the e-PC 40 certain- 
ly delivers enough vroom for office pro- 
grams and Web surfing. If you run CAD or 
computer-animation programs, however, 
you'll want a different PC. 

Performance notwithstanding, the real 
weak link is the HP P720 17-inch CRT 
monitor that came as an extra-cost option 
with our test system. The screen is flat, 
doing a commendable job of reducing 
glare, and the onscreen menu system offers 
easy tweaking of image settings. But text 
looks quite fuzzy, though not because of 
the monitor's common 0.25mm dot pitch. 
(In general, smaller is always better with 




this spec.) We wouldn't be comfortable 
staring at this screen for any length of time. 
Neither the monitor nor the e-PC 40 itself 
has built-in speakers, so any software 
requiring audio will also require a separate 
purchase of speakers. 

The system does have smart design and a 
low price in its favor. Design pluses include a 
plastic Port Control System that can be used 
in tandem with the key lock to deny access 
to the rear ports. Speaking of ports, one 
might expect such a diminutive system to 
lack old-style ports, but the e-PC 40 has both 
parallel and serial connectors, in addition to 
four USB ports. Two of the USB ports are 
conveniently located at the front of the case 
(and secured by software in the BIOS). In 



place of a modem, 
the system has an 
Intel 10/100mbps 
Ethernet port. 

IT staffers will 
appreciate how easy it 
is to access the e-PC 
40's vital components. 
A single thumbscrew 
unlocks a side panel, 
which reveals a pair of 
SIMM sockets (one 
unused), the power 
supply, and the hard 
drive. It's refreshingly 
easy to remove the 
hard drive, thanks to 
an ingenious lever-lock 
system. An adroit tech 
could add 



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RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Extremely compact; commendable 

security teatures; tront-accessible 

USB ports; easy-access chassis 



< CONS > 

Relatively slow; no speakers; 
grainy monitor 



DIRECT PRICE: $1,204 
< SPECS > 

1.1GHz Celeron; 128MB 

SDRAM; 40GB hard drive; 24x 

CD; 17-inch HP CRT; integrated 

Intel graphics; integrated sound; 

integrated Ethernet; 

Windows 2000 



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more RAM and swap in a new 
drive in a couple of minutes. 

In addition to Windows 2000 
Professional (you can opt for 
Windows XP as well), HP sup- 
plies useful manager-level diag- 
nostic and troubleshooting utili- 
ties. The only documentation, 
however, is a skimpy quick-start 
guide; other manuals must be 
downloaded from HP's Web 
site. The company's support site 
is extremely well-organized and 
thorough, however. It provides 
FAQs, manuals, drivers — even a 
matrix of peripherals that have 
been tested for compatibility. 
HP's one-year system war- 
ranty includes onsite service and 
24/7 phone support, but the 
phone call is not toll-free. 
Extended warranties are a mix- 
and-match combo of up to five 
years and four turnaround-time options (the 
best being 24/7, four-hour onsite service). 
Overall, support on the e-PC 40 ranks about 
average for a business system, though the 
brief standard warranty and toll-call tele- 
phone support come up short. 

If you're on the lookout for an afford- 
able, highly compact system that's easy to 
deploy and manage, the HP e-PC 40 can't be 
beat. But if you also need fast performance 
for applications more demanding than stan- 
dard office-suite apps, you might do better 
elsewhere. And businesses planning wide- 
spread deployment of the e-PC should con- 
sider a different monitor; HP's P720 17-inch 
tube has more fuzz than a Backstreet Boy. 

—Rick Broida 



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POLYWELL POLY 880XP-1800 



This Silver Screamer 
Has Some Stutters 

A FAST BUT FINICKY SYSTEM, THE $2,550-DIRECT POLYWELL POLY 
880XP-1800, which features the new 1.53GHz Athlon XP 1800+ processor, needs 
some fine-tuning before it ventures out into the world. 
After days of testing, the trademark silver tower of the Poly 880XP-1800 tarnished 
before our eyes. Though packed with quality components and all the latest technologies, 
the system had a few more rough edges than we can generally tolerate in a new PC — or 
than we would expect from Polywell, based on other PCs we've seen from the company 

We have no complaints about the system's overall performance on our benchmark tests. 
The 1.53GHz Athlon XP 1800-1- CPU, combined with 256MB of DDR SDRAM, a 64MB 
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880XP-1800 is quite competitive with 
1.8GHz Pentium 4 RDRAM-based systems, 
with which AMD's marketing department 
seeks mind-share parity. Only the Internet 
Content Creation scores lag, but AMD says 
this is because Windows Media Encoder 
needs a patch to recognize that Athlon XP 
chips now support the Pentium 4's SSE2 
instruction set. (We were unable to test this 
claim by press time.) The Polywell did score 
dead even with another system we tested, 
the ABS Performance XP, that's based on 
the same 1.53GHz Athlon chip. 

When it came to harnessing all this 
power, however, we ran into problems. 
First, DVD video continually fell out of 
sync with the audio, despite the use of a 
first-class Toshiba SD-M1502 drive. We ran 
CD Copy in Media Player, encoding a disc 
at 128kbps to WMA format from both the 
DVD-ROM and the BTC BCE16101M CD- 
RW drive. We observed that it took almost 



twice as long (7 minutes per megabyte) to 
encode from the DVD drive as it did from 
the CD-RW drive (4 minutes per 
megabyte). Worse, between buffer under- 
runs and hang-ups in NTI CD-Maker 2000 
Plus, the CD-RW drive produced only 
coasters. Polywell suggested that the 
Windows XP drivers might not have been 
ready for prime time, but we compared 
them to those in a similarly configured sys- 
tem and found no indication that anything 
was amiss. 

It's a shame, too, because the system 
comes equipped with a Creative Labs 
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum card and 
Cambridge SoundWorks DTT2200 
Desktop Theater 5.1 speakers for the full 
home-theater experience. (We did have to 
play a bit with the settings to get the sur- 
round effect to work properly, though.) 
And the DVD video — as well as humdrum 
office apps — looked good on the 1 7-inch 
LCD that accompanied the PC. The moni- 



tor's 1,280-by- 1,024 
resolution, however, 
may be a bit hard on 
the eyes for some, 
unless you select the 
large text and icons 
options from the 
Display Properties 
dialog. Other than 
the small icons and 
text produced by the 
native resolution, the 
display produced the 
eminently readable 
image you'd expect 
from an LCD panel. 
The silver case is 
ready for expansion. 
You need no tools 



EDITORS' RATING 6.8 



RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Very fast; decent price for a 
system with a 17-inch LCD 



< CONS > 

DVD-playback glitches; CD-RW 
buffer- underrun problems 




DIRECT PRICE: $2,550 
< SPECS > 

1.53GHz Athlon XP 1 800+ ; 
256MB DDR; two RAID-con- 
trolled 40GB hard drives; 
16x/10x/40x CD-RW; 16xDVD; 
17-inch LCD; WinFast GeForce3 
graphics (64MB DDR); Sound 
Blaster Audigy Platinum; 
Cambridge SoundWorks 
DTT2200 Desktop Theater 5.1 
speakers; Ethernet card; 
Windows XP Home Edition 



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to gain 
access to 
the interi- 
or; once 

inside, a whopping seven drive 
bays are waiting to be filled, 
along with two PCI slots and 
two RAM sockets. This system 
supports a maximum 1.5GB of 
DDR SDRAM. The case also 
has four USB ports. The Poly 
880XP-1800 comes ready to 
communicate, too, with both 
56kbps modem and 
10/100mbps Ethernet cards 
preinstalled. 

Polywell backs the Poly 
880XP-1800 with lifetime in- 
house telephone support (available during 
office hours), along with one year of 24/7 
third-party telephone support. The war- 
ranty is longer than most, with five years 
of labor coverage and three years on 
parts. One to five years of onsite service is 
available at extra cost. 

The setup snafus we encountered 
make this Polywell experience one best 
left to experienced users. Even the key- 
board is bound to give you grief. The par- 
ticular Logitech Internet Keyboard that 
comes with the system supplies lots of 
custom buttons for Web surfing; unfortu- 
nately, Polywell did not supply the soft- 
ware necessary to use these buttons, and 
Logitech's Web site states that the compa- 
ny has no plans to offer software support 
for this keyboard under Windows XP. All 
in all, we can't help but feel that the 
whole of the Polywell Poly 880XP-1800 is 
less than the sum of its parts. 

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WHEN APPLE COMPUTER INTRODUCED THE IMAC THREE YEARS 
ago, it heralded a stronger product line that has since produced the Power 
Mac G4 tower, the PowerBook G4 Titanium, the latest iBook, and Mac 
OS X. But while Apple's other products have changed significantly — and all for the bet- 
ter — the iMac itself remains fundamentally the same. Despite the new iMac Special 
Edition's various improvements in features and performance, it's a tough sell compared 
with a low-cost PC. 

The new iMac line comes in four configurations, ranging in price from $799 to 
$1,499. Like the iBook line, the iMacs differ only by G3-processor speed, hard drive size, 
the included optical drive, and the standard amount of RAM. They all come with two 
IEEE 1394 

(Fire Wire) and two ^ ^ _ - ____ i- 

USB ports, 
10/100mbps 
Ethernet, and a 
V90 modem. All 
four models ship 
with a CD-RW 
drive and at least 
128MB of RAM, 
except for the $799 
low-end model, 
which ships with a 
CD-ROM drive 
and only 64MB. 
The $799 system's 
minimal memory 
configuration is 
indefensible when 
Mac OS X, which 
ships installed on 
the hard drive, 
requires a mini- 
mum of 128MB to 
run. Unless you're 

part of the education market, for which 
OS 9 is likely the best choice, you'll want 
to opt for one of the other iMac configu- 
rations, all of which have 128MB of RAM 
or more. 

We tested the $1,499 700MHz model, 
which ships with a 60GB hard drive and 
256MB of RAM. It felt snappy and respon- 
sive, as any 700MHz G3 should, but only 
under OS 9.2. Our benchmarking tests 
don't yet run under OS X, but we also test- 
ed the iMac Special Edition informally 
using the installed OS X 10.0.4. The system 
felt sluggish and unresponsive, but OS X 
seems to do this to all Macs. Apple claims 
to have addressed this and many other 



issues in the now-shipping 10.1 upgrade. 

Under 9.2, the iMac took 12 minutes 
and 42 seconds to complete our Photo- 
shop tests, almost 2 full minutes faster 
than the 600MHz model it replaces. The 
speed boost is most likely due to the 
newer model's 256MB of RAM versus the 
64MB in the older model. 

Unfortunately for those on the Apple 
side of the Mac /PC debate, the 700MHz 
iMac was about the same gap slower than 
our 800MHz Pentium Ill-based Dell 
Dimension reference system. Considering 
that the Dell system plus a monitor costs at 
least $500 less than the iMac we tested, the 
700MHz iMac seems overpriced for what 



EDITORS* RATING 6.5 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Fast, responsive; good 
memory/hard drive configuration 



< CONS > 

Questionable value compared with 
G4; small screen 



DIRECT PRICE: $1,499 
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700MHz PowerPC G3; 256MB 

SDRAM; 60GB hard drive, 

8x/4x/24x CD-RW; integrated 

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graphics (16MB VRAM); 

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you get. The $999 
500MHz or $1,299 
600MHz models offer 
a better balance of 
performance and 
price. 

The iMac's inte- 
grated 15-inch CRT 
monitor is adequate 
for basic computing, 
but most PCs these 
days sell with at least 
a 17-inch CRT or a 
15-inch LCD, both of 
which have a wider 
viewing area. While 
it's possible to plug 
an external VGA 
monitor into the 
iMac, 
there's no 
point in 

doing so; if you need a bigger 
monitor, you might as well pur- 
chase a Power Mac G4 and a 
separate display. 

Apple's standard service- 
and-support package for the 
iMac is the same as for all its 
products. You get a standard 
one-year warranty on parts 
and labor. Toll-free technical 
support is available around the 
clock, but it's free for only the 
first 90 days of ownership; if 
you want more than that, 
you'll have to pay for an 
extended support package. 
Apple's Web she does offer \ots 
of information via an exten- 
sive, searchable knowledge 
base, and its user- friendly 
documentation should get 
you off on the right foot. 
The iMac was innovative two or three 
years ago; now it's only a good but 
outdated system. Cash-strapped Mac 
devotees may still get plenty of use out of 
one (keeping in mind that the two current 
middle iMac configurations are the best 
deals), but if you can afford the Special 
Edition unit we tested, we'd recommend 
moving up to the low-end 733MHz Power 
Mac G4 tower. With that machine and an 
inexpensive monitor, you have a faster, 
more expandable system with a much 
better graphics card. In the future, we 
hope Apple revamps the iMac in the same 
successful manner as it has its PowerBook 
G4 and iBook lines. —Barry Lubov 



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MATROX MILLENNIUM G550 




Talking Heads, Two 
Displays, One Upgrade 

ATROX GRAPHICS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE 
audience for its new dual-monitor Millennium G550 
graphics card is business and home-office users — not 
gamers. You won't see anything close to acceptable 3D perfor- 
mance with this $125 graphics card, but you will find Matrox's new 
HeadCasting engine for face-to-face voice chats, Matrox's 
DualHead technology for multimonitor setups, and strong 2D 
performance. 

The G550's DualHead technology 
supports simultaneous output to two 
displays, including any combination of 
a CRT or LCD (analog or digital) with 
a television, CRT, or LCD. The card 
also incorporates Matrox's newest 
innovation, the HeadCasting engine. 
HeadCasting allows you to project a 
Max Headroom-like version of your 
face and head over a LAN or the 
Internet, which another G550 user can 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Solid features at a good price; dual- 
display support; innovative tool for 
face-to-face communication 



< CONS > 

Poor 3D performance 



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see in the same resolution or a non-G550 

user can view in a lower resolution. Includ- 
ed software animates the lips of your face 

when you speak into a microphone. There's 

no question that the HeadCasting feature is 

cool, but it's hard to believe that business 

users will accept it as an appropriate means 

of business communication. 

Moreover, despite the card's business 

focus, we can't ignore the G550's poor 3D 

benchmark scores. The Quake III Arena test, 

at a resolution of 1 ,024 by 768 with 32-bit 

color, resulted in a figure of 12 frames per 

second — less than 25 percent as fast as 

nVidia GeForce2 cards we've tested. The card's 2D performance 

was very good, but it was still less than that of GeForce2 cards. 

Does the Matrox G550 offer enough use- 
fulness to overcome its performance defi- 
ciencies? For many users, the answer is yes. 
Being able to use two displays is a great 
advantage, and the HeadCasting feature is an 
innovative tool for online face-to-face com- 
munication. If you're a serious gamer or 
your company already has videoconferencing 
facilities, the G550 will hold little appeal. But 
anyone in the market for an inexpensive 
graphics card with substantial features 
should take a close look. —Neil Randall 



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A Solid and Slick 
Flat-Panel Value 

CORNERSTONE PERIPHERALS TECHNOLOGY IS NEW 
to the LCD market, but it has put out a worthy contender 
in its new $799 fl200 17.4-inch LCD. For starters, it's as 
solidly built as a bomb shelter. 

Rugged design is only the start of the fl200's appeal. This LCD 
has dual VGA inputs, plus a built-in USB hub with four rear-mount- 
ed USB ports. Three front-mounted buttons control the onscreen 
display, which provides a full range of ^^^^^^^^.^^ 
settings. The panel's swivel base allows 
lateral movements, and a support beam 
allows a generous range of vertical 
adjustments. 

The fl 200 has a wide 1 60-degree 
viewing angle (both horizontal and ver- 
tical), a 400-to-l contrast ratio for crisp, 
bright images, and a 25ms pixel-response 
rate. We easily adjusted the brightness 
for a wide range of ambient light set- 
tings without compromising image qual- 
ity. The screen was uniformly backlit 
with exceptional sharpness from edge to 
edge. 

For all its good points, the fl 200 



EDITORS' RATING 8.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Top-notch viewing angles, pixel- 
response rate; built-in USB hub; 
dual VGA inputs; zero-dead-pixels 
policy; five-year warranty 



< CONS > 

Ghosting in high-contrast areas 



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hovered around the average mark in our 
DisplayMate benchmark testing. Image qual- 
ity was superb, and text was clear and well- 
defined at various point sizes, nearly 
approaching the clarity of more expensive 
digitally connected LCD monitors. Colors 
were rich and well-saturated when display- 
ing photos. The fast pixel-response rate 
made viewing high-bit-rate DVD movies a 
pleasure; images were rock-steady, even dur- 
ing busy scenes. But the fl200 failed to score 
higher on our tests because of "streaking" 
problems, resulting in ghosting in high- 
contrast areas. 

wm^'^^m^ ^mmm* Besides offering a 

record-setting five-year 
warranty (three years for the backlight), the 
company has a zero-dead-pixels policy, 
promising to replace any fl200 with one or 
more dead pixels. (A dead pixel is one that's 
frozen in the on or off position.) In addition, 
tech-support calls are toll-free, around the 
clock, for the life of the monitor. One minor 
note: Although the manual looks substantial, 
all but 13 of the pages are in languages other 
than English. 

The Cornerstone f 1 200 offers a good over- 
all package, with sturdy construction, useful 
features, and service and support that protects 
you for the long haul. —David English 



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TDK 16/10/40 VELOCD REWRITER 



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«K| TDK ELECTRONICS' AFFORDABLE 16/10/40 VELOCD 
j£ Re Writer is not only fast, it features BURN-Proof technolo- 
Ci S* gy f° r preventing buffer underruns. Best of all, this speedy 
^ internal IDE drive sells for a very reasonable $99. 
In our tests, the VeloCD Re Writer distinguished itself when pit- 
ted against other 16x drives. The drive burned a 500MB test folder 
to CD-R in 4 minutes and 41 seconds, 
and took 3 minutes and 32 seconds to 
install Microsoft Office Small Business, 
both about average times. But it burned 
a 43-minute audio image to CD-R in 3 
minutes and 29 seconds, wrote 400MB 
to a CD-RW disc in 6 minutes and 29 
seconds, and extracted a 26-minute 
audio track in just under a minute, all 
excellent showings. 

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This Savvy Shooter 
Could Be Sharper 

INTENDED FOR SERIOUS AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS 
and demanding business users, Casio's $699.99-direct QV-4000 
is packed with advanced features, and offers good handling and 
intelligent design. Unfortunately, this 4.1 -megapixel camera's 
appeal is marred by subpar image quality. 

The QV-4000's styling is handsome, and the camera is more com- 
pact than many of its rivals. Weighing slightly more than a pound 
with batteries and memory card, it has a 
solid feel and a well-constructed metal 
body. Its user interface and design are 
among the best in the digital-camera 
world, with most of the important 
functions controlled by clearly labeled 
buttons and dials. Our only design gripe 
was the On / Off/ Review dial, which 
was hard to turn. 

Casio's designers included a smor- 
gasbord of color, contrast, and sharp- 
ness settings. All that's lacking is a high 
ISO-equivalent setting for shooting in 
low light without flash. 

The QV-4000 's extensive feature set 



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RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Excellent performance; buffer- 
underrun prevention 



< CONS > 

One-year warranty 



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and InCD packet-writing software. Nero 
isn't as easy to learn as other programs that 
ship with CD burners, such as Roxio's Easy 
CD Creator, NTI's CD-Maker, or Prassi's 
PrimoCD, but it offers full support for disc- 
image files and has a built-in audio editor. 
TDK also bundles its own Digital MixMaster 
software that lets you rip audio files, encode 
them, and burn them to CD, plus Adobe's 
ActiveShare for organizing and sharing your 
digital images. Musicmatch Jukebox is also 
included, but it largely duplicates the 
abilities of Digital MixMaster. 

TDK's installation guide and VHS video- 
tape offer plenty of help for the first-time installer, and the drive 
comes with all the necessary hardware — IDE and audio cables, plus 

mounting screws. TDK provides a 
typical (but briefer than we'd like) one- 
year warranty on the VeloCD; you get 
toll-free phone support for the life of 
the product, available during business 
hours Monday through Saturday. 

Today, 16x/10x/40x drives are the 
sweet spot of the CD-RW market 
because of their ideal balance of 
price and performance. The TDK 
16/10/40 VeloCD Re Writer is the 
sweetest of them all. 

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is supported by good, if not outstanding, 
performance. The camera starts up in a mid- 
dling 5 seconds or so, and the shot-to-shot 
time is also average — about 3 seconds. The 
3x Canon zoom lens has a smooth, precise 
zooming action and above-average macro 
ability, focusing as close as 2.4 inches. The 
built-in flash's maximum range of 1 1.5 feet 
is also above average. 

Despite its good performance and feature 
set, the QV-4000 doesn't produce top-notch 
images. The problem is an overall lack of 
sharpness. In our tests, we've seen several 
3.3-megapixel cameras produce images with 

more usable detail, 
less noise, and fewer 



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RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Excellent user interface, operation; 
many advanced features 



< CONS > 

Disappointing image quality; no 

high ISO settings; hard-to-turn 

On/Off/Review dial 



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visible artifacts around edge transitions. On 
the other hand, our exposures were quite 
good, and the camera yielded reasonably 
accurate colors and good skin tones. The 
QV-4000 can generate nice, if not especially 
impressive, images for up to 8-by- 10-inch 
prints. 

All told, the Casio QV-4000 is a versatile, 
well-designed high-end camera at an attrac- 
tive price. But if you need top-notch image 
quality, focus on Canon's 4-megapixel 
PowerShot G2 instead. 

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HP PHOTO SCANNER 1000 



Scan Your Snaps 
While Saving on Space 

AT JUST $99 DIRECT, HEWLETT-PACKARD'S PINT-SIZE 
Photo Scanner 1000 costs less than most full-featured 
flatbed scanners. The scanner's simple design makes scan- 
ning, organizing, and sharing photos effortless. The lean design 
does have a downside, however: Don't expect control over settings 
such as image size and resolution, 
or color depth and exposure. Even 
so, the Photo Scanner 1 000 may 
work for you if all you want is to 
scan photographs for printing, 
e-mail, or Web posting. 

The 9. 5-by-6.5-by- 1.5-inch scan- 
ner weighs only a pound. It 
includes its own USB cable and 
draws power from the USB con- 
nection. The small manual 
describes the installation in full, 
and the software CD makes setup 
all but automatic. 

The Photo Scanner 1000 has a 



4-by-6-inch scan bed with a fixed resolution 
of 300dpi. Press the button on the side of 
the case, and the bundled ACDSee software 
launches, showing you a thumbnail of the 
scanned photo. You can then e-mail, print, 
or edit the picture. Preformatted layouts are 
included, helping you to print everything 
from wallet-size to 8-by- 10-inch prints. 

The scanned images looked good for a 
scanner in this price range. Colors were 
accurate, and no posterizing was obvious on 
continuous-tone areas. The unit's low reso- 
lution did result in a noticeable loss of 
detail, and response in shadow and highlight 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Easy to use; good-quality scans; 
versatile software bundle 



< CONS > 

Limited settings options; small 
scanning area; weak support 



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areas could have been better, but 
the overall quality was adequate. 

HP's support for the Photo 
Scanner 1000 is much less satisfac- 
tory. The company backs the scan- 
ner with a mere 90-day warranty, 
and phone support is neither avail- 
able around the clock nor toll-free. 
Worse, after 90 days, you have to 
call a 900 number at $2.50 a 
minute for support. Still, for 
simple snapshot scanning, the 
HP Photo Scanner 1000 is an 
inexpensive solution. 

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0NKY0 SE-U55 USB DIGITAL AUDIO PROCESSOR 



Audiophile Sound 
From Your PC 

ESPITE THEIR CURRENT WIDESPREAD USE AS 
music sources, home computers were not originally 
designed with good audio quality as a top priority. Analog 

signals pick up digital noise from the sound card and other interior 

PC components. The $249 Onkyo SE-U55 

USB Digital Audio Processor, a stand-alone 

unit that connects to an exterior PC USB 

port, solves these problems by processing 

incoming and outgoing digital and analog 

audio at high quality. 

The SE-U55 places audio ports where 

you can access them easily. It has the com- 
puter connections that every music fan 

needs: stereo inputs and outputs for analog 

line signals, and coaxial and optical digital 

connectors on the back. Microphone and 

headphone jacks are on the front of the unit, 

both with level controls. Signal flow to and 

from your PC is digital; 1-bit digital-to-ana- 
log and analog-to-digital converters handle 

the transformation between the two audio 

formats. The fact that the switch takes place 





outside the computer results in an incredibly 
clean lOOdB signal-to-noise ratio. 

The SE-U55 comes with two pieces of 
software. One, Rhythmic Circle Fuse, swirls 
multiple-layer visualizations, and is PC- and 
Mac-compatible. The other is the PC-only 
CarryOn Music, a combination jukebox, for- 
mat converter (among MP3, WAV, and 
WMA), and audio-CD burner. 

USB audio can be somewhat problematic 
in certain instances, due to demands on sys- 
tem resources. Tested 
on a 400MHz Pentium 
II machine with some 
background programs 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Clear playback, recording; analog 
and digital inputs and outputs 



< CONS > 

USB audio can skip on slower 
systems 




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SE-U55 worked well. Audio dropouts became 
evident, however, when we simultaneously 
used a word processor, Web browser, and 
other programs. The skips are a problem 
with USB audio in general, not just with the 
Onkyo unit. If you have a 400MHz or faster 
machine with 128MB of RAM or more, and 
don't run lots of programs at the same time, 
you shouldn't encounter any problems. If 
your PC fits those qualifications and you long 
for improved sound from your computer, the 
Onkyo SE-U55 could be worth the $249 price. 

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Tote 20 Gigs of 
Your Digital Pics 

IXVUE SYSTEMS HAS TAKEN AIM AT PROLIFIC 
mobile photographers with its compact Digital Album 
file-storage device. Distributed by Jobo 

in the United States and Canada, it's available in 

both 10GB ($499) and 20GB ($599) capacities. 
At 9.9 ounces, the cassette-player-size unit fits 

right in with the rest of your photo gear. When 

you're at home or in the office, it berths in its 

charging dock. The simple design makes down- 
loading images from a memory card easy. Two 

navigation buttons and an OK button on the 

front of the unit give you access to five main 

menu items on the status LCD — Copy, Verify, 

Video On /Off, Power Off, and Disk Space. 

Transferring image files from a memory card 

to the Digital Album is fast, averaging about 1MB 

per second. The device can accept any memory 

card for which a PC Card adapter is made. After 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

Compact; fast; capacity large 

enough for uncompressed images; 

battery-operated; can display 

images on television 



< CONS > 

Expensive; skimpy documentation 



MFR. EST. PRICE: $499 
(10GB), $599 (20GB) 

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you transfer your images, you can view 

them thumbnail-size or full-screen on any 

NTSC or PAL television with a video-in jack. 
When you connect the Digital Album to 

a computer, it shows up as an external drive, 

allowing you to drag and drop your images 

where you please. An internal battery sup- 
plies power; it lasts about 2.5 hours per 

charge, yielding at least 30 transfers totaling 

1GB or more before needing a recharge. 
Our biggest complaint is that the Digital 

Album has no built-in 
LCD for viewing 
images. We didn't 
encounter any image- 
transfer problems, but 
the only way to be sure 

an image has been transferred uncorrupted is 
to look at it. Also, the device's documentation 
is lean. 

The Digital Album is a step in the right 
direction, but a good used laptop will perform 
the same functions and more at less cost. But 
if your storage device's size and weight are 
important to you — and cost is a secondary 
issue — this versatile device will perform very 
well indeed. —Arthur H. Bleich 



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OR LESS THAN YOU'D SPEND ON AN EXPENSIVE 
dinner, Actiontec Electronics' new $134.99-direct Wireless- 
Ready Multimedia Home Gateway lets you share Internet 
access, peripherals, and files across PCs in your home. Add a pair 
of Actiontec Wireless PC Cards ($104.99 each), and you can wire- 
lessly surf the Web as well. It's a good starter solution for home 
networkers on a budget. 

Installation is simple. Actiontec's illustrated setup guide walks 
you through the process. After instal- 
lation, you handle further mainte- 
nance and management via your Web 
browser. The Web-based manage- 
ment interface makes configuration 
easy. The wizard asks you a few sim- 
ple questions, then automatically 
configures your system. 

On the back of the small (2-by-8- 
by-7-inch) unit, you'll find four 
10/ lOOmbps Ethernet ports for wired 
connections. The gateway's dual PC 
Card slots, located on the side of the 
unit, are unique. The top slot sup- 



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< PROS > 

Inexpensive; easy to use; four wired 
Ethernet ports 



< CONS > 

Rudimentary firewall protection; 
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ports 802.11b (Wi-Fi) networking, which lets 

you wirelessly communicate via radio waves 

with other devices at speeds up to 1 lmbps 

within a 330-foot range; the bottom slot 

adds support for other networking flavors, 

including HomePNA, HomePlug, and 

Bluetooth. Both slots also support the new 

802.11a technology, with throughput speeds 

of 54mbps. 

The limitations of the built-in firewall 

represent this gateway's biggest deficiency. 

The gateway currently neither offers a hack- 
er pattern-inspection and blocking feature to 

protect against threats such as IP spoofing, 

nor does it send e-mail alerts of attacks. 

Security-conscious users will want to add a separate firewall. 
Actiontec backs the gateway with a one-year limited warranty, 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ which is short considering 3Com's 

five-year warranty for its Home 
Wireless Gateway. Telephone support 
is neither toll-free nor available 
around the clock, but you can find a 
lot of answers yourself on the 
Actiontec Web site. 

Actiontec's Wireless- Ready 
Multimedia Home Gateway is a 
smart way to share a broadband con- 
nection in your home. It's definitely 
the low-cost leader in this category, 
and it's easy to set up and configure. 

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DELL INSPIRON 4100 



Swift, Solid Performance 
Outclasses Staid Design 

AS THE FIRST SYSTEM WE'VE SEEN EQUIPPED WITH THE 1.2GHZ 
mobile Pentium III-M processor — built on a 0.13-micron manufacturing process, 
which allows 512K of full-speed, on-chip Level 2 cache — the $2,361 Dell Inspiron 
4100 is predictably fast. This 6.3-pound, two-spindle unit also offers a no-nonsense 
portable package with plenty of oomph and solid components. But if you seek a 
fashionable portable with luxury design elements, you might want to look elsewhere. 
To supplement its bleeding-edge CPU, our evaluation model came with Windows 
2000, as well as 256MB of RAM and an ATI Mobility Radeon graphics subsystem with 
16MB of video RAM. The result: The Inspiron dished out heavy-duty performance right 
and left, turning in a blistering score of 124 on the SYSmark 2001 test suite. Only one 
notebook has scored higher 
on all the SYSmark tests: 
the IBM ThinkPad T23. 
Though based on the slow- 
er 1.1 3 GHz version of the 
CPU, the T23 benefits from 
a fast 5,400rpm hard drive; 
in contrast, the Inspiron 
4100's 20GB hard drive 
spins at only 4,200rpm. By 
the time you read this, 
Windows XP will be stan- 
dard in this notebook; you 
can expect equal, if not 
better, performance with 
XP installed. 

The Inspiron 4100 also 
excels at most video and 
graphics tasks. DVD play- 
back from the system's 
swappable DVD-ROM/ 
CD-RW combo drive looks 
excellent at full screen, 
with little pixelation and no apparent stut- 
tering. Gamers will also like the notebook's 
high 3D frame rates. Our test unit scored 
an impressive 53 frames per second in 
Quake III Arena. That's fast, though 
nowhere near the 100-plus frame rate that 
nVidia's top-of-the-line GeForce2 Go graph- 
ics chip can produce. And based on our bat- 
tery testing, you'll be able to play games for 
more than 3 hours, which is about average 
for this class of notebook. 

In addition to its processing brawn, the 
Inspiron 4100 boasts a high-resolution, 
14.1 -inch screen, which supports a native 
1,600-by- 1,200-pixel resolution at 32-bit 
color. CAD and graphics pros, as well as 
mobile presenters, may find this pinpoint 



resolution helpful, but many consumers 
will reach for their magnifying glasses or 
simply set the OS to 1 20dpi for bigger fonts 
and icons, a choice possible in Windows' 
Display Properties. If you simply must have 
a 15-inch display, you'll have to move up to 
Dell's three-spindle Inspiron 8100 series; the 
4100 series tops out at 14.1 inches. 

With respect to aesthetics and connec- 
tivity, the system delivers mixed results. Its 
standard matte-black case appears unin- 
spired, and the snap-in color attachments 
for wrist rest and screen lid look outdated. 
The Inspiron also includes dummy PC 
Cards, rather than spring-mounted doors, 
to protect the empty PC Card slots. 
Although our evaluation model came with 



EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Fast performance; ATI Mobility 

Radeon; great keyboard; excellent 

software, documentation 



< CONS > 

Single USB port; no IEEE 1394 

connector, no audio-CD controls; 

short warranty 



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< SPECS > 

1.2GHz Pentium lll-M; 256MB 

SDRAM; 20GB hard drive; 

DVD/CD-RW combo drive 

(8x/8x/24x CD, 8x DVD); 

14.1-inch TFT; Windows 2000; 

Microsoft Office XP Small 

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built-in Wi-Fi net- 
working, it offered 
neither an IEEE 1394 
(Fire Wire) port nor a 
second USB connec- 
tor. These are the 
telltale signs of an 
aging design. Audio 
response was good, 
but only one of the 
system's stereo 
speakers seemed to 
be working in our 
evaluation unit. 
We love the 
Inspiron's keyboard, 
which has been the 
standard for the past 
several generations 
of this line. It strikes 
the perfect 
balance 

between resistance and key travel for 
a feel reminiscent of a standard desk- 
top keyboard. Key layout is perfect, 
with full-size Tab and Backspace 
keys and well-situated arrow but- 
tons, along with the Ctrl key at bot- 
tom left, as it is on desktop key- 
boards. This placement is ideal for 
the Ctrl-key combination shortcuts 
many users prefer for Microsoft 
Office commands. The Inspiron's 
dual pointing devices are also a nice 
touch. Unfortunately, the notebook 
lacks dedicated audio-CD controls or 
one-touch Web buttons, save for a 
single programmable key that 
defaults to the excellent Dell 
Solution Center. 

Speaking of support, Dell pre- 
loads a good assortment of docu- 
mentation and help files on the 
Inspiron's hard drive, and includes a full 
version of Microsoft Office XP Small 
Business. Though Windows 2000 or XP 
Professional comes standard on this 
portable, you can choose Windows XP 
Home Edition for $60 less. Oddly, Dell 
backs this Inspiron with a short one-year 
parts-and-labor warranty. Onsite service 
costs $219 for three years. This coverage 
seems a bit anemic to us, but at least phone 
support is toll-free and available anytime. 

The Dell Inspiron 4100 is a blazingly fast, 
solid, two-spindle notebook that will attract 
itinerant businesspeople of all stripes. Eye 
candy it's not, however — in many ways, the 
4100-series design is showing its age. 

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SONYVAIO PCG-SR33K 



Ultraportable Basics 
For a Price That's Light 

THE SONY VAIO PCG-SR33K IS AS LIGHT ON YOUR WALLET AS IT IS ON 
your shoulder. Frequent travelers will find the insubstantial load of this 2.9- 
pound notebook a welcome alternative to muscle-straining 8-pound desktop 
replacements. And at just over $1,000, the PCG-SR33K comes in at about half the price of 
many competing subnotebooks. 

As you'd expect from a subnotebook, the PCG-SR33K demands several compromis- 
es to achieve its feathery weight. The small screen, cramped keyboard, and rather slow 
processor are predictable. Only the hard drive is internal; the bundled 16x-maximum 
CD-ROM drive connects to the notebook's PC Card slot, and the optional floppy drive 
attaches to the USB port. 

The PCG-SR33K's ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ 

600MHz Mobile Celeron 
processor offers plenty of 
performance for typical 
office applications, but it's 
relatively slow for multime- 
dia and content-creation 
work. Despite this, Sony 
has equipped the notebook 
with an IEEE 1394 
(i. Link/ Fire Wire) port, and 
bundled a variety of video- 
capture and -editing appli- 
cations. These Sony- 
branded apps, including 
MovieShaker and Smart 
Capture, are fast enough 
for patient users to edit 
home videos, but we cer- 
tainly wouldn't recom- 
mend this notebook as 
your primary video-pro- 
duction rig. Also, the 10GB hard drive is 
rather cramped for movie editing. Sony 
does offer a PCG-SR27 model with a 
750MHz Pentium III and a larger 30GB 
hard drive, but its $1,999 cost is almost 
double that of the PCG-SR33K. 

The 10.4-inch screen is surprisingly 
readable. Because it has only an 800-by- 
600 resolution, text and icons remain large 
enough to remain distinct, but the low 
resolution feels cramped when editing 
video and still images, and you'll find 
yourself scrolling horizontally to view 
some Web sites. The S3 SavagelX video 
chip is no speed demon; 2D-graphics per- 
formance is reasonable, but the abysmal 
3D speed will have you bringing along a 
Game Boy Advance for portable entertain- 



ment. Battery life is excellent for an ultra- 
portable, at 3 hours and 35 minutes. You 
can extend run time even further with 
Sony's double-capacity lithium-ion bat- 
tery, but it costs a whopping $499.99 — 
nearly half the price of the notebook. In 
fact, many of Sony's add-ons for the unit 
are disturbingly pricey; doubling the built- 
in 128MB with Sony's 128MB Micro- 
DIMM memory module will also set you 
back $499.99. (No need to spring for that, 
though — Crucial Technology offers a 
third-party alternative for just $90.) 

On a keyboard about 3 inches narrower 
than a typical notebook's, touch-typing 
takes a bit of practice. But even with our 
fat fingers, we were able to adjust easily. 
The layout's satisfactory, but you'll have to 



EDITORS' RATING 6.3 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Very light; compact; good software 
bundle; great battery life 



< CONS > 

Cramped keyboard; small, low-res 

screen; few expansion ports; no 

Ethernet port 



DIRECT PRICE: $1,099 
(before $100 rebate, 
valid until March 31) 

< SPECS > 

600MHz Mobile Celeron; 

128MB SDRAM; 10GB hard 

drive; 16xCD; 10.4-inch TFT; 

Windows 2000; Microsoft Word 

2002; additional software 



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use the Fn key to 
access page-move- 
ment functions. 
Alternatively, you 
can use the side- 
mounted Jog Dial for 
scrolling. 

The PCG-SR33K 
isn't brimming with 
expansion options. 
Along with the IEEE 
1394 port, it includes 
a slot for a Memory 
Stick card, which 
simplifies file trans- 
fer for owners of 
Sony cameras, MP3 
players, or CLIE 
PDAs. It also has an 
internal 56kbps 

modem, 

&|||||| a single Type 11 PC Card slot, 
and a USB port. That's it — no 
parallel or serial connectors, not 
even an IR port. Given the 
increasing ubiquity of USB and 
IEEE 1394 components, the 
absence of legacy ports could 
be overlooked, but the note- 
book lacks a network port, a 
glaring omission for broadband 
Internet access. Because the 
external CD-ROM drive uses 
the PC Card slot, you could be 
in for an unpleasant amount of 
card swapping if you opt for a 
PC Card network adapter. A 
USB hub sounds like a must- 
have add-on for your home 
base. Consider headphones, 
too: The tinny built-in speakers 
strain to produce anything 
more elaborate than a beep. 

The software bundle is particularly good 
for an inexpensive notebook. Along with a 
suite of Sony video- and image-editing apps 
and utilities, you'll also find Quicken 2001, 
Norton Antivirus 2001, and Microsoft 
Word 2002. Sony's warranty policy requires 
you to register the notebook to get a year 
of coverage. Otherwise, your notebook is 
covered for just 90 days. 

Although we'd be happier if it had built- 
in networking — or at least a second PC 
Card slot— the Sony VAIO PCG-SR33K 
strikes a good balance between size and 
functionality. It's an excellent lightweight 
companion if you don't need desktop-level 
power on the road. 

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combination of slim size, speedy performance, and a surprisingly low price. Its 
thin, stylish gray-and-silver case and midrange price belie the Satellite's desktop- 
replacement capabilities. 

The 900MHz Pentium III helps keep the price down and provides performance almost 
indiscernible in everyday use from the slightly faster (and $200 more expensive) gigahertz- 
class chip. The notebook uses a single SODIMM for its 128MB of RAM, leaving a second 
slot open for extra memory — always appreciated. The 20GB hard drive isn't the fastest 
we've seen, but it stores more data than you'd want to lose in an airport terminal. 

As you'd expect from a system equipped with a GeForce2 Go chipset mated to a large, 
bright, crisp 14.1 -inch 
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thy. Although it includes 
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memory versus 32MB in 
competitors, the Satellite 
still manages a smooth 86.7 
frames per second in 
Quake III Arena. Business- 
graphics performance also 
significantly outpaces 
1GHz systems based on 
slower graphics chips. For 
on-the-road entertainment, 
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sharp DVD playback with 
audio volume and clarity 
that are unusual in a thin 
notebook. 

At 3 hours and 13 min- 
utes, the battery supplies 
enough juice to watch a movie and get 
some work done as well. After watching 
the underrated hour-and-a-half Mallrats 
DVD, the Satellite's battery meter showed 
40 percent remaining. 

Of course, compromise is inevitable 
when creating a lightweight notebook, and 
here it's most evident in the keyboard. 
Though it provides decent tactile feedback, 
key travel is very shallow. The layout is 
somewhat unusual as well, with the Insert 
and Delete keys at the bottom of the key- 
board and the Windows key in the top right 
corner. The two programmable function 
keys are tiny and the same color as the 
plastic around them, making them hard to 
see. More useful are the audio-playback and 
volume controls. They are accessible even 



with the cover closed, and you can listen to 
music CDs with the notebook powered 
off — a thoughtful touch that lets the busi- 
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the Windows desktop beckoning for atten- 
tion. An AccuPoint II pointing stick with 
two scroll buttons provides navigation. 

The lightweight two-spindle design 
means the notebook has only one drive bay 
(the other "spindle" is the hard drive); the 
floppy and 8x DVD drives are hot-swap- 
pable. Other Satellite 3000 models offer 
options for the bay such as a DVD-ROM/ 
CD-RW combo drive. 

Apparently, IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) ports 
aren't just for high-end notebooks anymore: 
This Satellite has one, readying it for digital 
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internal Mini-PCI 

802.1 lb (Wi-Fi) card, and the 
unit even ships with drivers 
installed for it, but at press 
time the company wasn't 
offering this option. Count on 
Toshiba to remedy this situa- 
tion in short order, however. 

Although the desktop 
comes littered with icons, the 
software bundle is disappoint- 
ing: a 90-day subscription to 
McAfee.com ActiveShield, the 
limited Quicken 2001 New 
User Edition, RingCentral fax 
software, and a number of 
utilities. You won't find a 
bundled office suite, but 
Toshiba offers Lotus 
SmartSuite 2001 for "free" 
with an $8.95 shipping 
charge. At least Software 
602 's (www.software602.com) 
excellent suite of Microsoft Office-compati- 
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out the shipping charge. 

Toshiba backs the Satellite with a 
one-year, return-to-depot, parts-and-labor 
warranty, including battery coverage and 
24/7 toll-free telephone support. Extended 
warranties are available at extra cost. 

The Toshiba Satellite 3000-S353 offers 
performance, battery life, and portability 
you don't typically find in a notebook for 
such a low price. Compromise does rear its 
head, though, in the mediocre keyboard 
and poor software bundle. Wed like to see 
Toshiba offer more configuration options, 
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COMPAQ COMPUTER'S IPAQ LINE, KNOWN FOR 
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Compaq retains the old look and 206MHz StrongARM processor 
in the iPaq H3850. It features new 
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along with the Pocket PC 2002 
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yes, but for an equally imposing 
direct price of $599. 

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memory-card slot at the top of the 
unit, which is also where the built-in 
speaker is now housed. (It was previ- 
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other accessories. The sleeves are a bit 
bulky, however. The H3850 ships with a 
screen-cover sleeve, a welcome improve- 
ment over the black slipcover that comes 
with other iPaqs. 

Compaq has managed to increase the 
capacity of the battery without increasing 
its dimensions. Instead of 8 hours of bat- 
tery life per charge, the 
company says you should now be able to get 
up to 10 hours. Also, gamers will be glad to 
know that the buttons below the screen can 
now recognize two simultaneous button press- 
es. This is important when playing games that 
require you to move and fire at the same time. 
For the business-minded, Compaq has bundled 
Voice Command and Control, which lets you 
dictate commands to your Calendar, Contacts, 
and Inbox. 

Clearly, the addition of the SD card slot and 
the more colorful screen make this iPaq a com- 
pelling PDA. But with Toshiba and Casio offer- 
ing their own alluring Pocket PC models, the 
winner in this round is less clear than it was a 
year and a half ago. —Darren Gladstone 




SAMSUNG SPH-1300 



The Palm/Phone Union 
Now Stands Stronger 

AME THE BEST SMART PHONE ON THE US. MARKET, 
and you'll be naming Samsung's SPH-1300 for Sprint's PCS 
service. Similar to the Kyocera Smartphone QCP 6035, 

which also runs the Palm operating 

system, the $499 SPH-1300 is more 

compact, has a color screen, and ships 

with a second battery. 

At 6 ounces, the SPH-1300, which 

measures 4.9 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.8 

inch, is smaller and lighter than the 

7.3-ounce QCP 6035. You can carry the 

Samsung phone comfortably in a pants 

pocket, but we found the optional $15 

belt-clip case a better solution. 

The SPH-1300's 256-color screen is not 

as sharp as those of the color Sony CLIE 

handhelds, but the display is bright and 

easy to read. The phone is also comfort- 
able to hold, and you navigate the menus 

by touching the screen or using up /down 

keys. You won't find an actual dial pad, 



EDITORS' RATING 8.0 



RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

256-color screen; full wireless 

Palm functionality; speakerphone; 

extra battery 



< CONS > 

No USB connectivity; no memory 
expansion; incompatible with next- 
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only a virtual one that works well. You can 

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an onscreen button, and you can program 20 

voice-activated phone entries. The built-in 

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All the standard phone features are here, 

including vibrate mode, multiple ring tones, 

and call history. Sprint's WAP browser is 

preinstalled, and the wireless Web has never 

looked so good or been as easy to use. (The 

phone displays up to 12 lines of text.) Because 

the maximum connection 
speed is 14.4kbps, browsing 
is slow, however. 

Samsung claims up to 
4 hours of continuous talk 
time and 100 hours of standby time from the 
included lithium-ion battery. We fell a little short 
of the standby rating, but we hit the talk time. 
■ At $499, the SPH-1300 is priced fairly for what 

you get. Our misgivings are that the phone doesn't 
offer USB connectivity, has no slot for adding 
memory, and isn't compatible with Sprint's 
upcoming 3G network. (It will continue to work 
on Sprint's existing 2G network.) Drawbacks aside, 
the Samsung SPH-1300 is a strong-sounding, well- 
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Handy Digicams 
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For quick pics on the road, these two add-on modules give your 
organizer the ability to take visual notes. 

HE LEGIONS OF HANDSPRING VISOR AND PALM M500 SERIES OWNERS 
can now add digital snapshooting to their PDAs' repertoires. Two new camera 
modules from Handspring and Eastman Kodak leverage the power of (and your 
investment in) these popular handhelds to let you take quick digital pics, store them in the 
device, and transfer them easily to your desktop. 

Make no mistake: These plug-in cameras are not professional-strength shooters. 
Neither includes a flash, so you'll be limited to taking snaps of well-lit subjects. Image 
quality in both cases is only serviceable, and both use the handheld's screen as the 
viewfinder. But if you don't want to tote a bulky digicam, and quality isn't a prime 
concern, you may be pleasantly satisfied with one of these handy visual note-takers. 




HANDSPRING EYEM0DULE2 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



PROS: Compact; feature-rich; respectable image quality 
CONS: No flash; somewhat pricey 




esigned by Ideo, the Handspring 
Eyemodule2 is a second-genera- 
tion digital-camera module for 
Visor handhelds. It isn't perfect, but its user- 
friendly interface and decent image quality 
left us muttering, "That's not bad." And 
when it comes to this type of camera, 
that's actually high praise. 

The $199 module is compact, weighing 
1 ounce and protruding only an inch from 
the top of your Visor once it's connected. 
When you slide the Eyemodule2 into the 
Springboard slot of your Visor (we tested 
the camera with a Visor Prism), the cam- 
era application is automatically installed 
on your handheld, and you're ready to 
start shooting, though you'll have to man- 
ually install a second application on your 
PC or Mac to transfer photos. After that, 
simply select the photos you want to 
transfer, and they'll be uploaded during 
your next HotSync. 

The camera has a fixed-focus lens 
(18 inches to infinity). You only have to 
make sure your subject is well-lit, and 
choose whether you want your resolution 
set at Palm size (160 by 120 pixels) or full 
size (640 by 480). The camera's 6MB of 
free memory allows you to store around 
50 full-size color pictures (in JPEG format) 
or 150 color Palm-size pictures. You can 
also shoot in black-and-white mode, which 
allows you to store many more images. 





To frame and take a picture, you use 
your Visor's screen as the viewfinder. The 
module itself has a shutter button, which 
makes snapping pictures easy. It would be a 
stretch to say that the Eyemodule2 shines 
in the image-quality department, but the 
pictures we took compared favorably with 
those taken with a 
midrange Webcam. 

All in all, though 
we'd like to see the 
Eyemodule2 cost 
closer to $150, its 
acceptable image 
quality and extra 
features make it a 
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<PR0DUCT SUMMARY> 



KODAK PALMPIX CAMERA FOR THE 
M500 HANDHELD SERIES 



EDITORS' RATING 6.0 



PROS: Lightweight; easy to install; no batteries required; multiple 

focus settings 

CONS: Mediocre image quality; no flash 

astman Kodak has been making 
camera attachments for Palm 
devices for the last several years, 
and now the company offers one for Palm's 
latest line of slim handhelds. The $129.95 
PalmPix Camera for the m500 Handheld 
Series features higher resolution than previ- 
ous models and no-battery operation. The 
1 .9-ounce unit is also exceedingly light and 
folds up to fit in a shirt or pants pocket. 
When you're ready to shoot, simply 
unfold the PalmPix and clip it onto the 
back of your Palm. (You'll need to add soft- 
ware before you use it.) Then choose 
among 320-by-240 (one-quarter- VGA), 640- 
by-480 (VGA), and 800-by-600 
(SVGA) resolutions. At the highest 
resolution, you can store about 15 
pictures in the Palm m505's 8MB of 
internal memory. If you have a 
memory card inserted, you can 
move pictures to it from your 
Palm's memory. You also have a 
choice of predefined focal posi- 
tions: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, 
Business Card, and Page (the last 
for taking pictures of letter- or 
A4-size paper). 

To snap a photo, you click the 
Date Book button on the Palm 
and use the Palm's screen as your 
viewfinder. When you're done 
framing, click the button again to 
take the picture. Even though the 
camera offers 800-by-600 resolu- 
tion, don't expect very sharp 
images. Still, the PalmPix did a 
solid job of capturing business cards and 
could be useful for snapping quick visual 
reminders. 

Although the PalmPix is a clear improve- 
ment over previous versions, we can't recom- 
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if picture quality is important to you. 

—David Carnoy 



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MICROSOFT PLUS FOR WINDOWS XP 



A Plus Pack With 
A Lot of Minuses 

WITH EVERY NEW VERSION OF WINDOWS, 
Microsoft offers Plus as an aftermarket collection of 
add-ons. Plus used to offer engrossing entertainment 
(remember the pinball game in Plus 95?) or useful utilities (such as 
VirusScan in Plus 98), but Plus for XP provides only lightweight 
multimedia add-ons. 

The Plus accessories come in four flavors: themes, screensavers, 
games, and digital audio. The first and second feature desktop dec- 
orations, the third a way to kill time 
when XP's bundled games get old, 
and the fourth a selection of 
Windows Media Player add-ons. 
Many of the same tools — or better — 
can be found at a lower cost as 
shareware. 

The desktop themes — collections 
of icons, wallpaper, sounds, and 
mouse pointers — are snappy, but 
you're limited to back-to-nature, 
outer-space, and Leonardo da Vinci 
stylings. We were hoping to land 
themes that would recast XP's inter- 




face to look like Mac OS X or BeOS. 

The screensavers are slick, particularly 
Aquarium, a photo-realistic virtual fish tank. 
Although these themes and screensavers 
look spectacular, they're not unique. You 
can get the Aquarium Screensaver by down- 
loading the free SereneScreen Aquarium 
(www.serenescreen.com), which also works 
on Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, and NT. 

The trio of Plus games — Russian Square, 
The Labyrinth, and HyperBowl — may look 
better than the games bundled with XP, but 
all rank high on the Bore-O-Meter. The 
Labyrinth can be downloaded for $9.99 from 
Real Arcade Central (www.realarcade.com). 

The digital-audio offerings — MP3 Audio 
Converter, CD Label Maker, and Personal 

DJ — offer some 
value. Converter 
translates MP3 audio 



EDITORS' RATING 4.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

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< CONS > 

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Z0NEALARM 2.6 



Free Firewall 
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gm^ ALWAYS-ON BROADBAND CONNECTIONS MAKE 

Xgr Web browsing and downloading taster than ever, but that 
choke open connection to the Internet makes it much easier for 
/^J outsiders to access your computer. 
Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm 2.6 is a firewall — 
free for personal use, though you'll 
encounter a "nag" screen on startup — that 
protects your PC from unauthorized intru- 
sion. 

To get started with ZoneAlarm, down- 
load the 2.8MB file. The self-extracting file 
installs in less than a minute. Accept the 
default configuration values, and you'll 
find the ZoneAlarm icon conveniently sit- 
ting in the system tray. The program 
installs with high Internet security settings, 
so you get maximum protection right away. 

The heart of ZoneAlarm is its main 
screen, which is also its control panel. Its 
straightforward five-button layout lets you 



files to Windows Media Audio format to 
save disk space, and CD Label Maker prints 
labels and jewel-case inserts for CDs. 
Personal DJ lets you build playlists. But all 
three should have come with Windows 
Media Player in the first place. 

Our bottom line: Forget Microsoft Plus 
for Windows XP. Take your $40 and spend 
it on something XP really needs: an 
antivirus program. 

— Gregg Keizer 



EDITORS' RATING 9.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 



< PROS > 

Free; thorough protection against 
outside attacks; easy to set up 



< CONS > 

Nag screen at startup 




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icon shows the status of your Internet con- 
nection and allows you to quickly lock the 

system so that no activity is allowed if you 

need to step away. When trouble strikes, 

simply click the panic button from within 

the control panel to 
shut down Net access 

immediately. In our tests, ZoneAlarm success- 
fully closed and hid all the ports on our test 
computer. 

Even though ZoneAlarm is free to individ- 
uals, Zone Labs maintains a support Web 
site that includes a comprehensive FAQ and 
an online form. A Zone Labs technician 
answers your questions within three to four 
business days. 

ZoneAlarm 2.6 offers proven firewall pro- 
tection. Not only will hackers be unable to 
access your PC, they won't even know you're 
online. Best of all, it's so easy and thorough 
that it rivals expensive packages such as 
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MCAFEE VIRUSSCAN 6.0 



An Update for the 
McAfee Faithful 

KEEPING YOUR COMPUTER SAFE FROM NASTIES— 
worms and viruses — is vitally important. One of the 
least expensive ways to protect your data is to install 
Network Associates' $39.99 McAfee VirusScan 6.0. 

Although this update costs $10 more than its predecessor, the 
extra cash also buys you a basic personal firewall. The McAfee 
firewall is good, but it doesn't offer anything you can't get from 
free programs such as ZoneAlarm or Tiny Personal Firewall. 

VirusScan is much improved, 
shielding your computer against 
all kinds of intruders, including 
viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, 
as well as ActiveX controls and Java 
applets. VirusScan should steal an 
idea from Norton Antivirus, 
though, and simply repair infected 
files without your intervention. 

Version 6 contains a number of 
new antivirus weapons. It monitors 
Microsoft Outlook — the Typhoid 
Mary of computer-virus carriers — 
for suspicious behavior, then warns 



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is about to be sent to more than 40 recipi- 
ents. VirusScan also protects your PC 
against viruses or worms that might sneak 
onto your desktop from your handheld 
during synchronization. 

VirusScan is a breeze to use, thanks to 
its top-to-bottom interface redesign that 
features a browser-like look. But VirusScan 
isn't perfect. Scheduling scans involves 
tackling a complex dialog box, rather than 
stepping through a simple wizard. At least 
VirusScan's automatic virus-definition 
updater matches Norton's, and an annual 
update subscription costs half as much 
(only $4.95 after the first year). 

How well does it work? Our tests 

showed that 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

New, easier- to -use interface; first 

antivirus app to contain a firewall; 

cheaper than the competition 



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VirusScan identi- 
fied viruses in ZIP 
files before they hit the hard drive, 
something Norton can't do. But 
VirusScan continues to prove deficient 
at catching viruses that exist but have 
not yet spread. 

At $39.99, McAfee VirusScan 6.0 is a 
bargain for a complete antivirus pack- 
age with firewall. However, its so-so 
performance with in-the-wild viruses 
knocks it off our must-get list for every- 
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Still the Top of 
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(Q IN THE DESKTOP-PUBLISHING ARENA, QUARKXPRESS 
+rf is top banana. It offers precise control over typesetting and color 

W handling, and makes it easy to lay out any sort of manuscript. 
JSi We looked at a beta version of QuarkXPress 5.0. (Pricing for 
5.0 had not been determined at press time; the previous release, 4.1, 
sells for $869 direct.) The new version is the same desktop publisher 
professional designers know and love. The document-layout process 
hasn't changed: Create boxes to hold text 
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as needed. The palettes and toolbar are 
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The 5.0 version includes a handy new 
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We're also pleased that the program 




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pages. But it makes you select the format you 
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The additional Web features are impressive, 
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Web pages without HTML coding. 

The program still lacks a multiple-undo 
function — no matter how many edits you 
make to a project, you can only undo the last. 
And it's ridiculous that Quark doesn't offer a 
built-in PDF engine; you have to purchase 

Adobe Acrobat Distiller 
to export a file to PDF 
Quark's Web site in- 
cludes downloads, user 



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RATED 1 TO 1 



< PROS > 

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EDITORS' RATING 



If you've ever fantasized about building 
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has come true. Ultimate Ride lets you 
create and experience three different 
types of coasters: wooden, steel, and 
hanging. 




In addition to the build mode, which 
allows you to construct any kind of coast- 
er without restrictions, the game features 
an "imagineering mode," a series of puz- 
zle-solving scenarios where you must 
build or modify coasters to meet certain 
requirements. 

Players who are sticklers for realism 
may be disappointed by the lack of cou- 
plers between cars and the somewhat 
blocky, oversimplified 3D objects. And it 
would be nice to see passengers in the 
cars. Still, the graphics are functional, 
and the multiple camera views and 
smooth animations do a good job of 



imparting the feeling of being on a 
speeding coaster. 

Where the game gets tricky is when 
a coaster doesn't meet the require- 
ments and you have to adjust it. If you 
add an accelerator, you might find the 
added speed results in a lateral G-force 
around a curve that exceeds the safety 
guidelines. But switching tracks isn't 
easy since you can't swap one section 
for another without replacing all the 
sections after it. 

Ultimate Ride's great premise is sure 
to appeal to roller-coaster fans of all 
ages. Although the game's graphics and 
sound leave room for improvement, they 
do a good job of conveying the sense of 
riding a roller coaster, and the straightfor- 
ward interface makes it easy, once you've 
learned the basic commands, to create 
the ride of your dreams. 

— Trey Walker 

(Disney Interactive; $39.99 

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A CINEMATIC ADVENTURE 



You Don't Know 
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MONOPOLY TYCOON 



The Color of Money 



EDITORS' RATING! 




ost PC games based on Monopoly have either combined the classic board 
game with another popular license, as in Monopoly Star Wars, or used 
the Monopoly brand to spruce up another type of game, as in Monopoly Casino. 
Monopoly Tycoon breaks the mold by using its famous namesake as a base on which 
to build a great- looking, real-time game of business management and city building. 

You begin with a set amount of 
money in 1 930, at which point the 
game's virtual city is only sparsely built. 
You then build businesses and invest in 
property, utilities, and railroads. The 
game has a wide range of single-player 
scenarios, as well as six customizable 
multiplayer modes. (You should have no 
trouble finding online opponents using 
the provided GameSpy Arcade software.) 

Perhaps Monopoly Tycoon's most 
striking feature is its simple but powerful 3D engine. The virtual city is colorful and 
lively, with automobiles, pedestrians, and even boat traffic. The 3D computer- 
controlled opponents, inspired by the original Monopoly game tokens, are entertain- 
ing as well, although you only see them during property auctions. Music is also 
well-integrated; as the game progresses through time, the soundtrack changes to 
fit each era. 

Those who relish the classic Monopoly game's blend of chance and strategy may 
find Monopoly Tycoon weighs too heavily on the strategy side. But many Monopoly 
fans will appreciate this game's entertaining premise and its strong combination of 
crisp graphics and varied gameplay. — T. W. 

(Infogrames; $39.99; www.monopolytycoon.com) 




EDITORS' RATING! 



In Jack Orlando: A Cinematic 
Adventure, a down-on-his-luck pri- 
vate eye has been framed for murder 
and has 48 hours to clear his name. As 
Jack, you must solve a series of pretty 



good puzzles, stomach some of the 
worst voice-acting ever, and navigate 
so many red herrings that you'll wonder 
if you're playing a game or swimming 
in Agatha Christie's fishpond. 

But this isn't merely a strange 
game; it's a strange game that's 
almost 4 years old. Originally released 
in 1 998 by overseas developer 
TopWare, Jack Orlando is only now 



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The original Red Alert 2 was set in a 
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renegade Soviet psychic played with panache by 
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(Westwood Studios; $29.95 www.westwood.com) 




debuting in the United States. 
Nevertheless, the game has an incom- 
plete feel to it, from the endless 
streams of meaningless dialogue to the 
enormous areas in which there is 
absolutely nothing to do. 

Such surreal moments aside, Jack 
Orlando is, at its heart, a straightfor- 
ward murder mystery with standard 
adventure-game-style inventory- and 
dialogue-based puzzles. But what 
makes the game interesting is that it 
isn't simply a case of using everything 
you find. You can gather dozens of 
items that are completely useless, and 
have many conversations with other 
characters that lead you nowhere. It 
makes for an interesting change of 
pace from the standard adventure for- 
mula, in which every step is contin- 
gent on the one that went before. 

Despite all that's wrong with it, 
Jack Orlando's puzzles will certainly 
appeal to serious adventure-game fans, 
and the mostly two-dimensional, hand- 
drawn art is a nice variation from the 
standard 3D of most modern games. 
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— Ron Dulin 

(JoWood Productions; $39.99 

www.jowood. com) 



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The 2GHz Pentium 4 processor 
sets a new computing milestone, 
but will it restore the luster 
to Intel's crown ? 



BY BILL O'BRIEN 

©I ith the introduction of the 2GHz Pentium 4 CPU, Intel has added a potent new 
' weapon in its battle with AMD for supremacy in the processor market. In addition to 
boasting the fastest clock speed of any computer processor to date, the 2GHz processor 
further narrows the price /performance gap between Intel's Pentium 4 lineup and AMD's latest 
Athlon XP processors. The timing couldn't be better for Intel. Between its own competitive 
pricing on the Pentium 4 and with RDRAM prices at an all-time low, vendors are able to 
package cutting-edge systems without stratospheric prices. 

That's not to say that the technology comes cheap. Like any new processor, the 2GHz 
Pentium 4 is best served in a high-end setting, as evidenced by the five systems gathered for this 
roundup. These new offerings from ABS Computer Technologies, Dell Computer, Hewlett- 
Packard, MicronPC, and Polywell Computers have much in common, including 256MB of fast 
RDRAM memory, GeForce3 -based graphics cards with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM and 
CD-RW drives, 19-inch monitors, and large (at least 40GB) hard drives. Moreover, while all of 
these computers were tested under Windows Me, don't be surprised if most ship with Windows 
XP, which can provide as much as a 10 percent boost in overall performance. 

As similar as these systems are in components and price, some subde differences weave 
through them. For example, the ABS Performance 8, HP Pavilion 9900, and Polywell Poly 
850GB-2000 all provide IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) ports for connecting a digital video camera, 

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Category Tested 



2GHz Pentium 4 Desktops 



Price Range 



$2,195 to $2,404 



Minimum Configuration 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 CPU; 256MB 

RDRAM; 19-inch monitor; 16x 
DVD-ROM drive; 12x/8x/32x 
CD-RW drive; GeForce3-based 
graphics card with 64MB DDR; 
stereo speakers, 56kbps modem; 
Ethernet card; Windows Me 



Companies Included 



ABS Computer Technologies, Dell 
Computer, Hewlett-Packard, 
MicronPC, Polywell Computers 



whereas that feature is absent from the Dell 
Dimension 8200 and MicronPC Millennia 
Max XS. The five vendors opted for less sub- 
tle differences in the choice of speaker sys- 
tems and in the speeds of the CD-RW drives. 
Clearly, however, all of these systems tar- 
get power users: ardent gamers, multimedia 
enthusiasts, and serious home-office and cor- 
porate customers. Suffice it to say, those look- 
ing for a system that's merely "fast" would 
best look elsewhere. 

ABS PERFORMANCE 8 



EDITORS' RATING 7.7 



PROS: Powerful audio/video performance; great gaming bundle; three 

IEEE 1394 ports 

CONS: Optional onsite service; second-tier productivity suite 

The 2GHz Pentium 4 processor may 
command top billing in the ABS 
Performance 8, but it's the supporting 
players that make this desktop a must-see for 
entertainment buffs. 

ABS has stocked this $2,274-direct system 
with some of the finest components money 
can buy, starting with its Altec Lansing 641 
speaker system, a powerful five-piece configu- 
ration that overwhelms any of the speakers 
bundled with the other four systems here. 
Driving it is an equally impressive sound card: 
Creative Labs' Sound Blaster Audigy 
Platinum, which features a bay-mounted con- 
nection-and-control center that eliminates the 
need to crawl behind your computer to hook 
up devices such as microphones, headphones, 
and analog or digital recording equipment. 
Things get even more interesting when 
you load a DVD movie into the DVD-ROM 
drive and light up the 19-inch Hitachi CM715 
monitor. The monitor's tight 0.22mm dot 
pitch delivers crisp graphics all the way up to 
1 ,600 by 1 ,200. If you prefer gaming, the sys- 
tem's Leadtek Win Fast GeForce3 TD graph- 
ics card is more than up to the task. You're 
also ready for basic video production with 
Ulead video-capture and -editing software and 
three IEEE 1394 ports (one of which is on the 



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Audigy module). 

When compared 
with a typical 1.8GHz 
Pentium 4 system, the 
ABS displayed a 14 per- 
cent jump in overall per- 
formance, as measured 
by our BAPCo SYSmark 

2001 test. That's actually 
a bit more than we'd expect from an 1 1 per- 
cent increase in clock speed. But then, 2GHz 
is a lot of processing horsepower, and it's giv- 
ing both graphics and hard drive performance 
a boost as well. 

In addition to its stellar hardware lineup, 
the system ships with a comprehensive gam- 
ing bundle that includes DroneZ, Gunlok, 
Deus Ex, MDK2, and Unreal Tournament. 
Also included are Corel WordPerfect Office 

2002 (a capable, though less popular, suite 



FEATURE COMPARISON 




than Microsoft Office), Easy CD Creator 5 
Basic, and Ulead VideoStudio 4.0 SE Basic. 
ABS backs the system with a three-year 
parts and lifetime labor warranty, though 
toll-free tech support is available only during 
West Coast business hours. (Around-the- 
clock phone support and onsite service are 
optional.) Still, if you're looking for a top-of- 
the-line computer that leaves absolutely 
nothing to be desired, you'll find it in the 
ABS Performance 8. 



ABS Performance 8 



Dell Dimension 8200 



DIRECT PRICE 



$2,274 



$2,376 



CONFIGURATION 

Processor 

System Memory Installed/Maximum 

Motherboard Maker 



2GHz Intel Pentium 4 
256MB/2GB RDRAM 
Intel 



2GHz Intel Pentium 4 
256MB/2GB RDRAM 
Dell 



Chipset 


Intel 850 Intel 850 


UltraATA/100 Hard Drive 
Hard Drive Rotation Speed 


IBM 60GB IBM 60GB* 
7,266rpm 7,200rpm 


Graphics Card 


Leadtek WinFast GeForce3 TD nVidia GeForce3 


Graphics Chipset 


nVidia GeForce3 nVidia GeForce3 


Graphics Memory 


64MB DDR 64MB DDR 


19-Inch Monitor 


Hitachi CM71 5 Dell M991 


CD-RW Drive 
DVD-ROM Drive 


24x/1 0x/40x Plextor PlexWriter 24/1 0/40A 1 6x/1 0x/40x NEC MultiSpin NR-7800a 
16x Pioneer DVD-106S 16x Samsung SD-616 


Sound Card 


Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 


Speaker System 


Altec Lansing 641 Harman Kardon HK-695 


Number of Speakers 


Five Three 


Ethernet Card/56kbps Modem 


Yes/yes Yes/yes 


Dimensions (HWD, Inches) 


16.5x7.8x18.5 17.5x7x17 


Weight (Pounds) 


32 33.2 



CONNECTIVITY 

Ports 



Total/Available Front-Accessible 

3.5-Inch Bays 
Total/Available Front-Accessible 

5.25-Inch Bays 
Total/Available Internal _ 3.5-Inch Bays 
Total/Available Internal 5.25-Inch Bays 
Total/Available PCI Slots 



Two serial, parallel, game, four 
USB, pvj : p,ttiree IEEE 1394 

Two/one 



Two/none 

Two/one 

None/none 

Five/one 



Serial, parallel, game, three USB, 

DVI-D 

Two/one 

Two/none 



Two/one 

None/none 

Four/one 



SOFTWARE 

Installed OS as Tested 
Bundled Software 



Windows Me 

Corel WordPerfect Office 2002, Leadtek 

WinFast DVD 3.0, Easy CD Creator 5 Basic, 

Ulead VideoStudio 4.0 SE Basic, DroneZ, 

Gunlok, Deus Ex, MDK2, Thief II, Unreal 

Tournament 



Windows Me 

Microsoft Works Suite 2001 with 

Money 2001 



SERVICE AND SUPPORT 

Length of Parts/Labor Warranty Three years/lifetime One year/one year 

Length of Onsite Service Coverage None (optional) One year 

Extended/Upgraded Warranties Available Yes Yes 

Toil-Free Technical Support Yes Yes 

Technical-Support Hours (ET) 1 1 :30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. M-F 24 hours daily 



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EDITORS' RATING 7.7 



PROS: Front-mounted USB ports, headphone jack; excellent access to 

system interior 

CONS: No IEEE 1 394 ports; speakers merely adequate 



This time last year, Dell's top-of-the-line 
Dimension was the 8100. Equipped 
with a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 processor, 
128MB of RDRAM, a GeForce2 GTS Ultra- 
based graphics card, and a 30GB hard drive, 
it was priced around $3,300. Now, Dell's 
Dimension 8200 comes stuffed with a 
2GHz Pentium 4, twice the memory, a 
faster graphics card, and twice the hard 
drive space. And, at $2,376 direct, it's 
yours for almost $1,000 less. 

Dell's connect-the-dots documentation 
provides an illustrated step-by-step setup that 
clearly displays where cables attach. All soft- 
ware comes preinstalled; in our evaluation 
system, that meant Windows Me, as well as 
Microsoft Works Suite 2001 with Money 



2001 . Windows XP is an option. 

Whether you're watching movies or play- 
ing games, the Harman Kardon HK-695 
three-piece speaker system puts out compe- 
tent, if not wall-rattling, sound. The next step 




Dell Dimension 8200 

up is the THX-certified Altec Lansing 
ADA995, which sounds great but bumps up 
the price about $ 1 70. 

Dell's new minitower case puts two USB 
ports and a headphone jack up front where 



HP Pavilion 9900 


MicronPC Millennia Max XS 


Poly well Poly 850GB-2000 


$2,404 


$2,195 


$2,245 


2GHz Intel Pentium 4 


2GHz Intel Pentium 4 


2GHz Intel Pentium 4 


| 256MB/2GB RDRAM** 


256MB/2GB RDRAM** 


256MB/2GB RDRAM 


HP/Asus 


Intel 


Intel 


Intel 850 


Intel 850 


Intel 850 


IBM 80GB 


Western Digital 40GB 


Two Maxtor 40GB**** 


7,200rpm 


7,200rpm 


7,200rpm 


Asus v8200 


nVidia GeForce3 


nVidia GeForce3 


nVidia GeForce3 


nVidia GeForce3 


nVidia GeForce3 


64MB DDR 


64MB DDR 


64MB DDR 


HP MX90 


MicronPC 91 0EX 


A0C 9GLRS 


12x/8x/32x HP CD-Writer Plus 


12x/10x/32xNECNR-7700A*** 


16x/10x/40xBTCBCE1610IM 


1 6x Toshiba SD-M1 502 


16xNECDV-5800A 


16x Toshiba SD-M1 502 


Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1 


Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live Value 


Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live PCI 


Polk Audio AMR50 


Altec Lansing AVS200 


Cambridge SoundWorks 
PCWorks FourPointSurround 


1 Three 


Two 


Five 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


19.5x8.5x19.5 


18.5x7x18.5 


17.5x8x19 


36.2 


27.6 


27 


Two serial, parallel, game, three 
USB, three IEEE 1394 


Serial, parallel, game, four USB 


Serial, parallel, game, DVI-D, 
two USB, two IEEE 1394 


Two/one 


Three/two 


Three/two 


Two/one 


Two/none 


Four/two 


One/one 


Two/one 


Three/one 


None/none 


None/none 


None/none 


Five/one 


Five/two 


Five/none 


Windows Me 


Windows Me 


Windows Me 


Microsoft Works, Microsoft 
Encarta, Microsoft Money, Studio DV 


Microsoft Office XP Small 
Business, Norton Antivirus 2002 


Lotus SmartSuite for Windows, 
Ulead VideoStudio 


One year/one year 


One year/one year 
One year 


Three years/five years 
None (optional) 


None 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


24 hours daily 


24 hours daily 


24 hours daily 


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you need them, although digital-video 
enthusiasts will mourn the lack of any 
IEEE 1394 connectors. Getting inside the 
case may seem awkward at first, but it's 
actually quite a smart design, calling to 
mind that of the Power Mac. You press a 
button on the top and bottom of the case 
to release latches, and the case opens up 
like a book stood on end. The motherboard 
moves to one side and the drive bays to the 
other, giving you maximum access to all 
areas with minimal obstructions. 

Of course, unless you feel compelled to 
fill the single available PCI slot or one of the 
two available 3.5-inch drive bays (one inter- 
nal, one external), you may never need to 
poke through the guts of your new 
Dimension. Dell covers the PC with one 
year of onsite service, plus a year of 24/7 
toll-free phone support. (You can also choose 
from a variety of optional plans to extend 
the coverage.) But the electronic documenta- 
tion and online help are so good you may 
never need to call for help. 

Everyone is angling for your computing 
dollars, and Dell's claim to your wallet 
rests on the quality of its components and 
the strength of its support — both nice 
complements to the raw power of the 
Dimension 8200. 

HP PAVILION 9900 



EDITORS' RATING 7.5 



PROS: Three IEEE 1 394 ports; wireless keyboard; large hard drive 
CONS: Spotty standard warranty; no toll-free technical support 

With its soft, rounded edges and con- 
servative gray -black color scheme, 
the $2,404-direct HP Pavilion 9900 
looks like a mild-mannered home PC. But its 
state-of-the-art processor, 256MB of RDRAM, 
and all-star component lineup clearly qualify 
it as a multimedia powerhouse. 

Like the other four systems here, the 
Pavilion 9900 was able to encode MPEG files 
about 8 percent faster than the last generation 
of Pentium 4 systems. That's relevant 
because our evaluation system came with 
everything you need for digital video editing, 
including three IEEE 1394 ports, a copy of 
Pinnacle Systems' Studio DV, and a cavernous 
80GB hard drive. 

You'll have as much fun watching movies 
as making them with this Pavilion. The con- 
figuration we tested included both CD-RW 
and DVD-ROM drives, and the upscale 19- 
inch MX90 monitor, which has a 0.26mm dot 
pitch and maximum 1,600-by- 1,200 resolu- 
tion. Even though the three-piece Polk Audio 
AMR50 speaker system is not in the same 
league as the Altec Lansing system offered 



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Given the ramp-up in computer processor speeds 
over the last few years, the distance data needs 
to physically travel inside a CPU plays an increas- 
ingly vital role in just how fast things really move. 

The Pentium III debuted using 0.25-micron 
technology and, over the 
course of its life, shrunk to a 
0.18-micron design. If the 
speed of the CPU had 
remained constant during 
that time, internal opera- 
tions would have 
occurred, theoretically, 
nearly 28 percent quick- 
er because of the short- 
er distances. When Intel 
shrinks the Pentium 4 
down from its current 
0.18-micron technology to 
0.13-micron, the distances inside 
the CPU decrease by another 27.8 percent. 

You won't necessarily see a corresponding 
boost in performance from simply decreasing the 
die size, however. Electrical theory adds other rules 
and impediments, just as the speed of light 
decreases when it's traveling through a medium 



with the ABS Performance 8, it still 
produced rich, full sound. 

As was typical of our sampling of 2GHz 
systems, the Pavilion 9900 is stuffed with 
hardware. The 19.5-by-8.5-by-19.5-inch 
minitower has two front-accessible and one 
internal drive bay available for expansion, 
but only one vacant PCI slot. To be fair, 
with front- and rear-mounted USB and 
IEEE 1394 ports, a modem, and an 
Ethernet card already included, the system 
doesn't want for much. The case is tool -free, 
as is the backplane, but you'll need a 
screwdriver to access the drives. 

The system's only real weakness is HP's 



other than a vacuum. Still, if you keep the speed 
and the medium constant while shortening the 
distance traveled, whatever you send through that 
medium will get where it's going quicker. 

Moreover, as you decrease the amount of space 
required by the CPU, more 
room becomes available to 
add components to the chip. 
The jump from external L2 
cache to internal L2 cache, for 
example, was one of the 
biggest benefits of 




downsizing CPUs. The 
0.13-micron 
Northwood Pentium 
4, along with its 
smaller die size, will 
reap the additional 
benefit of having 
twice the internal L2 
cache as its Willamette Pentium 4 predecessor. 

Faster clock speeds, shorter distances between 
chip components, and more on-die features to take 
advantage of the decreased distances — these will 
be the essential building blocks for shifting personal 
computing into high gear. 




HP Pavilion 9900 

warranty. Tech support is available 24/7, but 
it's a toll call. Parts and labor are covered for 
one year, but you must ship the system back 



to HP for repairs; HP covers the shipping 
cost both ways. We recommend that you 
purchase the optional $169 three-year in- 
home warranty. 

Our test system included a few nice touch- 
es, such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. 
But if you stick with a standard keyboard and 
mouse, a 17-inch monitor, and the base two- 
speaker system, you can save about $400. 
Either way, the HP Pavilion 9900 is a solid 
offering that deserves serious consideration. 

MICRONPC MILLENNIA MAX XS 



EDITORS' RATING 7.7 



PROS: Onsite warranty standard; two front-mounted USB ports 
CONS: Lackluster speaker system; no IEEE 1394 ports 



Its name notwithstanding, there's actually 
very little XS in this Millennia Max. 
Nevertheless, MicronPC's $2,195-direct 
system artfully balances value with perfor- 
mance, delivering a flexible configuration 
with just about everything you'd want, from 
plenty of storage to a fast graphics card. 

Our evaluation system came equipped 
with a moderately sized 40GB hard drive, a 
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quite clear on the 910EX, which offers a 
0.26mm dot pitch with a top resolution of 
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Those curious to see where the corners 
got cut, however, need only pop in an audio 
CD for the answer. Although the two-piece 
Altec Lansing AVS200 speaker system pro- 
duces remarkably clear audio, even at higher 
volumes, it is clearly a low-fi model. Our 
advice: Take the $29 upgrade to the ACS33 
satellite-subwoofer package. 

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Our test model came with Norton 
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MicronPC's standard warranty consists 
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The company also offers a large array of 
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POLYWELL POLY 850GB-2000 



EDITORS' RATING 7.4 



PROS: Solid speaker system; IEEE 1394 ports 

CONS: Spotty warranty; slow RAID controller; second-tier productivity 

suite 



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video production. The Poly 850GB-2000 uses 
a 3 ware Escalade 6000 ATA 33/66 storage 
switch to configure the drives as an 80GB 
virtual drive using RAID striping. Still, 
we'd have preferred one of the Escalade 
7000-series boards for video work, because 
the more upscale ATA/ 100 RAID version is 
rated about 80 percent faster for reads and 
almost 50 percent faster for writes. The Poly 
850GB-2000 is also outfitted for other multi- 
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You'll find plenty of ports and room for 
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but no vacancy for cards. Of the 10 drive 
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vacant), three are internal (with one still free), 
and all are within easy reach of the various 
drive interfaces. All five PCI slots are occu- 
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At its maximum resolution of 1 ,600 by 
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its year of onsite coverage is a strong point. 
MicronPC's Millennia Max XS isn't far behind, 
though it clearly cries out for better speakers. 
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sonable price, IEEE 1394 ports, and five-piece 
speaker system), but it's hindered by its mid- 
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port package. By the same token, Hewlett- 
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SPEAKER SYSTEMS 



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emember when DVDs and four-channel games threatened to 
make conventional stereo obsolete? Well, a funny thing hap- 
pened on the way to multichannel nirvana: Three-piece satel- 
lite-subwoofer speaker systems came roaring back with an unbeat- 
able combination of sonic excellence, wall-shaking volume levels, 
and affordable prices. 

One company that helped engineer this two-channel renais- 
sance was Sonigistix, which dazzled critics with a stunning line of 
affordable three-piece computer speakers based on the company's 
formerly expensive flat-panel technology. Just as significant was 
Lucasfilm's decision to extend its THX certification program to the 
desktop. (See the sidebar, "THX Spells Success.") High-end THX-cer- 
tified systems such as those in the Klipsch ProMedia line blew over 
the competition regardless of how many channels they offered. At 
the low end, manufacturers like Logitech and MidiLand pushed the 
envelope with surprisingly accurate three-piece systems priced 
well under $100. It didn't take users long to realize that first-rate 
stereo speakers could deliver as satisfying a listening experience 
as more costly and complicated multichannel models. 

In this feature, we look at the latest wave of top-notch three- 
piece computer speakers. In addition to impressive offerings from 
Klipsch and Sonigistix, we evaluate hot new contenders from Altec 
Lansing and Harman Multimedia, as well as a recent entry-level 
system from Logitech that is quickly garnering impressive street 
credentials. Although none of these systems produces a true 
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Three-Piece Satellite-Subwoofer 
Speaker Systems 


Price Range 


$49.95 to $179 


Companies Included 


Altec Lansing Technologies, 
Harman Multimedia, Klipsch, 
Logitech, Sonigistix 


Editors' Choice 


Sonigistix Monsoon MM-702 
Flat Panel Audio System 


ALTEC LANSING 621 




EDITORS' RATING 


4.3 




PROS: Auxiliary input; good-sounding highs, midrange; very loud 
CONS: Boomy low end; muddy at higher volume levels; can't handle 
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Klipsch-killer on paper. But when 
we fired it up, this potentially great 

product was knocked out of the run- 
ning by a few unfortunate 

engineering decisions. 
The $179-list 621 is a 

massive speaker system, 

physically larger than 

any other model in 

the roundup. But 

size alone is no sub- 




ters, producing output that sometimes 
rivals even the best speakers in the 
roundup. Isolated peaks in the satellites' 
frequency response add some harshness 
and a pinched, metallic quality to some 
percussion instruments, though these 
are relatively subtle effects. The real 
problem is in the lower midrange, 
which was overwhelmed by excessive 
bass output when we played bottom- 
heavy test material. 

Altec also erred by setting the gain of 
the system's amplifier higher than 
that of most computer speakers 
This was done so that the 621 
could be connected to lower- 
output devices such as portable 
CD and MP3 players, but the 
result was horrific distortion 
when we set our sound 
k. board's volume 
above the halfway 
mark. Just as disap- 
pointing was the fact 
that the 621's other- _** 



selection had its designers adhered to 
generally accepted principles of speaker- 
cabinet and electronics design. It sounds 
great when playing certain types of mater- 
ial at lower volume levels, but if you crank 
it up or feed it too much bass, the output 
quickly turns into a muddy mess. 

HARMAN CHAMPAGNE SE 



EDITORS' RATING 6.2 



PROS: Surround-sound, four-channel emulation; integrated 
diagnostics; bass unit designed for desktop or floor placement 
CONS: Spatialization effect sounds like it's always on; limited bass; 
no remote 



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stitute for a solid 

design. The subwoofer's huge tec ansm 8 wise-clean upper 

cabinet appears too large for its driver, 

forcing the cone to pump out lower bass 

frequencies that it can handle. The result is 

a boomy bottom that turns drumbeats and 

bass notes into dull thuds. 

The 621 does better in the upper regis- 



midrange quickly became 
muddy at higher volumes, 
evidently because the amp 
was being pushed to play louder 
than its power supply would allow. 
The 621 could have been a terrific 




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SUCCESS 

In July 1 999, Lucasfilm's THX Group certi- 
fied its first computer speaker system, the 
four-channel Klipsch ProMedia v. 2-400. 
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are planned for other components in the PC 
sound chain, and Lucasfilm is already certifying 
home-entertainment equipment and, of 
course, theater sound systems. 

The goal of the certification process is to 
guarantee a listening experience analogous 
to that produced in a THX-certified audito- 
rium. Lucasfilm is tight-lipped about the 
details of the procedure, but the company 
does admit that evaluation criteria include 

frequency response, direc- 



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soon proved popular 
enough to be marketed 
as a stand-alone offering 
Since then, a handful 
of other computer 
speakers have received 
THX certification, includ 
ing the Klipsch ProMedia 2. 1 , which is arguably 
the most popular three-piece system in 
today's high-end speaker market. Other mod- 
els from a variety of vendors are rumored to 
be working their way through the certification 
process, and Lucasfilm THX recently 
announced a parallel effort aimed at certifying 
entire computer systems. Additional programs 



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tion, and overall quality of 
construction. 

The THX-certified sys- 
tems we've reviewed 
have all produced impres- 
sive volume levels, rock-solid imaging, 
extended high ends, and tight, deep bass. 
They include the Altec Lansing ADA890 
and Klipsch ProMedia 4. 1 and 2. 1 , all of 
which have garnered high praise in these 
pages. THX certification may still be in its 
infancy, but it's already shaping up to be a 
valuable shopping tool. 



arman Multimedia's Champagne SE 
casts a striking profile, but its slick 
design and novel packaging weren't 
enough to warm us to the system's 
idiosyncratic sound. 

Each of the satellites in this $169.95- 
direct system packs two 1 .4-inch (34mm) 
drivers into a thin, vertical 
chassis reminiscent of Altec 
Lansing's exclamation- 
point-shaped ATP 
satellites. The bass 
module, too, is a 

tapered cylinder 
loaded with a 
front- 
mounted 
5.25-inch 
driver and down- 
ward-firing port. The 
system's plastic wood- 
tone finish notwithstanding, the overriding 
impression is that of a pair of champagne 
glasses and an ice bucket. 

The satellites' Harman Odyssey drivers 
are high-excursion inverted cones capable 
of extracting surprising bass response from 
tiny enclosures. Just as innovative is the 
magnetically shielded subwoofer, which is 
designed for placement on the floor or the 
desktop. 

The Champagne is loaded with other 
nifty features, such as integrated diagnos- 
tics that generate test-tone sweeps, and 
a spatialization function that broadens the 
sound field when playing a stereo source. 
If you drive the speakers with four-channel 
input, the system will even attempt to 
simulate multichannel output from two 
satellites. 

Our big problem with the Champagne 
is its sound quality. The underpowered sub- 
woofer produces snappy output in the 
upper registers, but not much else. The 
Champagne's high end is a bit bright as 
well, and gets downright harsh at higher 
volume levels. Indeed, its overall perfor- 



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mance can't match the impressive dynamic 
range of the Altec Lansing, Klipsch, and 
Sonigistix systems we tested. Worst of all, 
the Champagne's midrange lacks clarity 
and suffers from fuzzy imaging. (If we 
didn't know better, we'd swear that the 
system's spatialization function is never 
totally shut off.) 

Many users will no doubt find the 
Champagne SE's spacious, unfocused 
sound pleasant enough to listen to, but 
other systems reviewed here offer flatter 
frequency response, greater dynamic 
ranges, and superior detail and imaging at 
lower prices. 

KLIPSCH PROMEDIA 2.1 



EDITORS' RATING 8.5 



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Regardless of test material, it pumped out 
a deep, tight bottom that never sounded 
strained. Plucked bass notes had snap, kick 
drums were punchy, and the system deliv- 
ered some of the most convincing percus- 
sion sounds we've heard on the desktop. 
Best of all, the subwoofer turns out the 
same top-notch performance at even the 
highest volume levels, never becoming 
boomy or spilling bass output into the 
midrange. 

The satellites are almost as remark- 
able, producing an extended, 
detailed high end with only the 
slightest hint of brightness. The sys- 
tem's midrange is outstanding, 
often rivaling that of the 



lacks convenience features like a handheld 
remote and tone controls. Still, it's a great 
choice for two-channel gaming and will 
delight all but the most demanding stereo- 
music fans. 

LOGITECH Z-340 



EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



PROS: Good sound at a low price; easy wall mounting; 

headphone jack 

CONS: Lacks deep bass; no remote; no tone controls 



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bottomless bass, 
and head-bang- 
ing volume lev- 
els without even 
breaking a sweat 

Most impressive is the 
ProMedia's 130- watt bass mod- 





ogitech's audacious little Z-340 isn't in 
the same class as most of the other 
systems in this roundup. But it holds 
its own against much costlier com- 
petitors and, selling for 
around $50, costs about a 
third as much as the 
Sonigistix MM-702 (the 

next-most-expensive 

entry). 
j^ The Z-340 is a 
basic-black system 
that includes few 
luxuries beyond a 
headphone jack and dual- 



the MM-702, which some Logitech Z-340 purpose satellite stands that 



listeners may actually prefer 

over the unflinchingly accu- 
L rate Sonigistix sonics. 
^0* The ProMedia 2.1 is a 
^^ flashy, powerful system that 
has been a relentless crowd pleas- 
er since its introduction. It offers ear- 
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 splitting volume levels, an unparal- 
leled low end, and upper registers 



ule, one of the few PC-speaker units that 
actually lives up to the "subwoofer" label. 



<FEATURE COMPARISON) 



that only waver in comparison to those of 
the Sonigistix MM-702. The ProMedia isn't 
quite an audiophile speaker system, and it 



double as wall-mounting brackets. Each of 
its tiny rounded-cube satellites contains a 
single 2-inch driver, and a modest 20-watt 
amp powers its midsize subwoofer. 

Nonetheless, the Z-340 produces sur- 
prisingly realistic output. Its upper 
midrange is spacious and detailed enough 
to convincingly reproduce subtle room 
reverberations and capture a singer's 
breaths between phrases. The system 
shines on material like a cappella vocals, 
small-ensemble chamber music, and 



Altec Lansing 621 



Harman Champagne SE 



Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 



Logitech Z-340 



Sonigistix Monsoon MM-702 jf\ 
Flat Panel Audio System 



DIRECT PRICE 



$179 (list) 



$169.95 



$179 



$49.95 



$149 



CONFIGURATION 

Satellite Drivers (Per Channel) 

Satellite Power 

(RMS Watts/Channel) 
Satellite Unit Dimensions 

(HWD, Inches) 
Subwoofer Drivers 



One 1 -inch, one 3-inch 

'25 

8.5x5x5.4 
One 6.5-inch 



Two 1 .4-inch Odyssey 
inverted cones 
6 



One 0.75-inch, one 3-inch One 2-inch 

675 



One 4x8-inch PR flat panel 



35 



9x3.5x3.5 
One 5.25-toch 



8.5x4.2x5.7 
One 6.5 inch 



4.5x3.3x3.8 



7.5 
8.5x45x6.5 



130 
9.5x9.8x10.2 



Subwoofer Power (RMS Watts) 50 28 

Subwoofer Dimensions 14.4x7.5x12.8 10.5x10x7.5 (nominal) 

(HWD, Inches) 

Crossover Frequency 100Hz 180Hz 100Hz 

Surround-Sound/Four-Channel No/no Yes/yes No/no 

Emulation __ 

Bundled Accessories Cast-alloy stands, Diagnostic system cable None 

wired remote, remote stand 



One 4.5-inch active, 8-inch One 5.25-inch 
pressure driver 

20 20 

9.3x9x9.5 9.5x7.3x10.9 



No/no 
None 



225Hz 

No/no 



Satellite stands, wired remote 



CONTROLS 

Satellite-Mounted Controls 



Subwoofer-Mounted Controls 
Remote Controls 



None 

Bass level, aux input 

System volume, power 



System volume, mute 



Bass, treble, surround level, 

..pjov^r,_„d|agnpj^jack 

None 



System volume, bass level, Power, system volume, 

headphone, aux input headphone 

Power Bass level 



None 



None 



None 

Power, bass volume 

System volume, mute 



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acoustic guitar. Also, it has no problem hit 
ting moderately high output levels and, 
unlike many smaller systems, its sound 
doesn't degrade significantly when it nears 
the top end of the volume dial. 

The Z-340 has even less low end than 
the Harman Champagne SE, but what's 
there isn't bad. All but the lowest notes of 
a bass guitar sound fine, and 
the subwoofer does a good job 
with bass transients. However, 
it can't reproduce the deepest 
frequencies necessary to give 
real punch to bass 
drums, tympani, 
piano, and other chal- 
lenging instruments. 
If the system sold for 
twice as much, we'd also 
criticize its midrange col- 
orations, slight tendency to siz- 
zle at the top end, and lack of 
extreme high frequencies. But we'd also 
have a hard time finding another speaker 
in its price range that doesn't suffer from 
these types of problems to a much greater 
degree. 

The Logitech Z-340 can't match the 
Klipsch or Sonigistix systems' transparen- 
cy, inner detail, and smooth frequency 
response, but it comes awfully close for 
the money. If there's no way you can justi- 
fy spending a three-figure sum for comput 
er speakers, this is the system to consider. 

SONIGISTIX MONSOON MM-702 
FLAT PANEL AUDIO SySTEM 



EDITORS' RATING 8.9 



PROS: Superb midrange, high end; outstanding imaging; low price for 

full-range flat-panel satellites; tilting stands 

CONS: Little output below 50Hz; no tone controls; no power switch on 

remote 

It's hard to find fault with 
Sonigistix's Monsoon MM-702 
system. Based on the same propri- 
etary Planar Focus Technology 
(PFT) flat-panel technology that drives 



PRODUCT SUMMARY 




Sonigistix Monsoon MM-702 
Flat Panel Audio System 




Sonigistix's legendary Monsoon MM- 1000, 
this spectacular $149-direct system sounds 
almost identical to its far-costlier sibling 
from 200Hz up. 

Sonigistix showed great savvy in 
approaching the booby-trapped task of 
designing a flat-panel system that would 
sell for less than $200. Instead of 
compromising its proven 
PFT technology, the compa- 
ny developed a smaller, 
more efficient bandpass 
subwoofer that produces 
decent output with 
less amplification. 
This new bass 
module doesn't 
match the dynamic 
range or extended low 
end of the MM- 1000 sub- 
woofer, but it's tight, 
accurate, and capable of 
reproducing every mallet strike in a well- 
recorded tympani roll. 

As you'd expect from speakers based on 
Sonigistix flat-panel drivers, the MM-702's 
satellites deliver true audiophile sound 
throughout their frequency range, with 
richly detailed, uncolored sound, rock- 
solid imaging, and high-frequency 
response that seems to go on forever. The 
satellites also benefit from Sonigistix's 
newly designed tilting speaker stands. 
Because the PFT panels radiate sound in a 
straight line, both satellites must be aimed 
directly at your head to produce a proper 
high end and solid imaging, a job these 
elegant stands accomplish with aplomb. 

Compared to the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, 
the Sonigistix speakers are clearly more 
accurate down through the upper bass. 
Unlike the ProMedia, their midrange is 
always in proper balance with the high and 
low ends, and they produce uncompromis- 
ing sound with even greater detail, trans- 
parency, and presence than the Klipsch. 
They can't match the Klipsch system's 
ability to effortlessly rattle floors and 



walls, but they do generate impressive vol- 
ume levels and bass output for a 35-watt 
system. 

Arguably the most accurate system on 
the market for under $200, the awesome 
Monsoon MM-702 blows away the compe- 
tition — and does so at the second-lowest 
price here. 

A SOUND CONCLUSION 

You probably couldn't find five more 
dissimilar satellite-subwoofer systems 
than the ones reviewed here. 
Logitech's inexpensive Z-340 is far from 
perfect, but it's a great performer for its 
price, while the THX-certified Klipsch 
ProMedia 2.1 is a high-powered system 
capable of incredible volume levels and 
breathtaking bass. Still, our favorite was 
Sonigistix's Monsoon MM-702 Flat Panel 
Audio System, which, although lacking 
the Klipsch's dynamic range and low end, 
produces some of the most realistic output 
we've heard from a computer sound 
system. 

Harman Multimedia's Champagne SE 
produces affable output that can make 
even the grungiest MP3s easy to digest, 
but it does so at the cost of compromised 
imaging, detail, and bass response. Last, 
we were disappointed by the Altec 621, a 
large, poorly designed offering that tries in 
vain to duplicate the success of Klipsch's 
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BY DAVID ENGLISH 



Bot accessories? If not, the explod- 
ing popularity of personal digital 
assistants (PDAs) means that 
you'll find plenty of useful add- 
ons to choose from. In fact, you 
could even spend more on allur- 
ing extras than on the original 
handheld itself. 
Thrifty shoppers narrow the choices to 
a few accessories that significantly improve 
productivity. T.E. van Middelkoop, a high- 
school student from Hertogenbosch, 



Netherlands, is big on his little Palm 
Portable Keyboard. "It's small, so I can 
take it with me anywhere," he explains. 
"Folded out, it's an awesome keyboard 
allowing me to type 10-finger blind." 

Arthur Hagen, a Connecticut-based 
senior system administrator, depends on 
his Ondata case for safekeeping. "It pro- 
tects the device, looks and feels good, and 
even prevents the PDA from slipping out 
of my shirt pocket," he says. 

Choose wisely, and the accessories you 



buy will stretch the value of your initial 
PDA purchase. You'll be able to access 
data from more places with a wireless 
modem or Ethernet card, get more work 
done with a full-size keyboard or flash- 
memory card, as well as tackle new tasks 
with a camera module, voice-recorder 
module, or attachable GPS device. 

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Almost all new Palm-compatible and 
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that can accept modems, flash-memory 
cards, or other special-purpose expansion 
cards. Even earlier Palm models, which lack 
an expansion slot, can be enhanced with 
externally attached expansion modules and 
sync-port-connected keyboards. 

One of the most popular add-ons is a 
modem, either wired or wireless. PDA 
modems tend to be model-, manufacturer-, 
or platform-specific, so you'll need to match 
the device to your current PDA and accept 
that it may not work with the next one you 




Sierra Wireless AirCard 300, Targus Pocket Modem 56K V.90 

buy. Examples of wired modems include 
Shinei International's ClipModem ($99) and 
Targus' Pocket Modem 56K V.90 ($129.99). 
The ClipModem attaches to the back of a 
Palm ml 00. Because the ClipModem is 
external, it adds considerable bulk, though 
it does have the advantage of using its own 
AAA batteries. The Pocket 
Modem works with Windows CE 
and Pocket PC devices with a 
CompactFlash slot. It adds less 
weight and bulk because of the 
smaller form factor. 

Slot-based wireless modems 
include the Sierra Wireless 
AirCard 300 ($399) and the 
Novatel Wireless Merlin ($299). 
The AirCard is available as a PC 
Card for Windows CE devices and 
the Compaq iPaq Pocket PC 
(when equipped with a PC Card 
expansion sled). The AirCard is 
also available as a Springboard 
module for the Palm-compatible 
Handspring Visor. Merlin is 
another PC Card wireless modem 
that's compatible with the iPaq. 



Pocket PCs with an available CompactFlash 
slot can use Enfora's PocketSpider ($349). 
Examples of externally attached wireless 
modems include the Novatel Wireless 
Minstrel 540 ($369) for the HP Jornada, and 
the Sierra Wireless AirPath SC300 ($139) for 
the Sony CUE. 

Flash memory is another popular add- 
on. These cards come in a variety of sizes to 
fit a wide range of form factors. The small- 
size Secure Digital (SD) cards and 

MultiMediaCards 

(MMCs) are used in 

some Palm and 

HandEra PDAs, as 

well as Toshiba's 

Pocket PC e570. 

The medium-size 

CompactFlash mem- 
ory cards are 

employed in most 

Pocket PC and 

Windows CE devices. 

And the larger PC 

Card memory cards 

are used in some 

bulkier Windows CE 

devices, as well as 

adapter-equipped 

Pocket PCs, such as 

Compaq's iPaq and 
NEC's PocketGear. SanDisk and Viking 
Components sell memory cards in all of 
these formats. 

If you have a Visor, check out Portable 
Innovation Technology's versatile MemPlug 
($49.95 to $69.95). Depending on the 
model, it adapts a standard Springboard slot 



for a SmartMedia card, SD/MMC memory, 
a CompactFlash card, or a Memory Stick. 
Other types of PDA memory accessories 
are dedicated strictly to backup. Northstar 
Mobile's MemorySafe attaches to the serial 
port of selected Palm models and provides 
2MB ($19.95) or 8MB ($39.95) for on-the- 
spot backup and restore capabilities. 

THE KEY TO SUCCESS 

Having a PDA once meant giving up a com- 
fortable keyboard. Now you can purchase a 




LandWare GoVox 




Palm Portable Keyboard 



stowaway fold-up keyboard for many Palm 
compatibles and Pocket PCs from a variety 
of vendors. 

Palm's version, the Palm Portable Key- 
board ($99), is compatible with the Palm III, 
V, VII, ml 00, and m500. Targus has stow- 
away keyboards ($99.99) for the CLIE, iPaq, 
Jornada, and Visor. In each 
case, the full-size keyboard 
folds into a portable package 
that's not much larger than 
the PDA. 

If you need a more rigid 
keyboard and have a Palm- 
compatible device, look at 
LandWare 's GoType Pro key- 
board ($69.95) for the Visor 
and selected Palm models. 
The GoType keyboard doesn't 
fold, so it's not as easy to 
carry around, but it's easier to 
use on your lap than a fold-up 
keyboard. 

If all you need is a small 
keyboard for infrequent typ- 
ing, several solutions are avail- 
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Kodak PalmPix Camera 

Tech's SnapNType ($39.95) is compatible 
with Visor handhelds, with models for the 
Palm m500 series and iPaq expected soon. It 
fits over the lower portion of the PDA and 
provides a 39-key character set. Fellowes' 
PDA Pocket Keyboard ($39.99) works with 
most Palm-compatible units. It extends out- 
ward from the bottom of the handheld, 
adding more bulk than the SnapNType. 
Targus' ThumbPad for Palm V ($39.99) clips 
to the serial port. Link Evolution's 
ThumbType ($49.95) takes a somewhat dif- 
ferent approach. It's a sticker-type keyboard 
that attaches to the top of the Graffiti area 
on most Palm-compatible handhelds and 
can be removed when desired. 

READY FOR ANYTHING 

Once you move beyond the basics, you'll 
find a remarkable range of accessories. 
Dream up an ambitious function for your 
PDA, and there's probably someone work- 
ing to make it a reality. 

With digital audio becoming an essential 
part of our lives, the technology was des- 
tined to find its way to handhelds. Most 
Palm-compatible units do not support digi- 
tal audio, so manufacturers are using hard- 
ware add-ons to provide MP3 -playback and 
audio-recording capabilities. Shinei Interna- 
tional's Porteson MP3 player attaches to the 
back of a Palm ml 00 series PDA. It has an 
SD/MMC expansion slot and comes in two 
versions: One costs $89.95 and has 32MB of 
internal memory, and the other costs 



$129.95 and has 64MB 
of internal memory 
InnoGear's Minijam 
($69 without a memo- 
ry card) takes the form 
of a Springboard card 
for the Visor. It has a 
built-in MMC slot; you 
could purchase multi- 
ple 32MB, 64MB, or 
128MB MMC cards 
and organize your 
music by recording 
artist or musical style. 

If you want to 
record voice memos, 
you might choose 
Land Ware's Go Vox for 
Palm III ($34.95). It 
doubles as a flip cover 
and can record 99 mes- 
sages for a total of 
8 minutes. A similar model for the Visor, 
Shinei International's My-Vox ($34.95), is 
configured as a Springboard module. The 
Targus Total Recall ($99.99) is another 
Springboard digital voice recorder. It has 
4MB of internal memory for as much as 
1.5 hours of recording time. 

Like to take pictures? It's a snap to trans- 
form your Palm, Visor, or Jornada into a 
digital camera. Eastman Kodak's PalmPix 
Camera ($74.95 to $129.95) works with 
many Palm-compatible models. The m500 
Handheld Series model ($129.95) snaps 800- 
by-600-pixel color pictures and can use the 
Palm's built-in SD/MMC slot to store hun- 
dreds of photos. Hewlett-Packard's Pocket 
Camera ($169) can convert an HP Jornada 
into a simple point-and-shoot camera. It has 
a built-in 3.7-inch color 
LCD. And Handspring's 
Eyemodule2 ($199) brings 
still photography and mini- 
movie clips to your Visor's 
Springboard slot. (See the 
Reviews section for a look 
at two of these camera 
modules.) 

Those who like to roam 
can also use the PDA as a 
Global Positioning System 
(GPS) device. With the 
right hardware and soft- 
ware, you'll be pinpointing 
your position on an 
onscreen map in real time. Xircom Wireless LAN 



Rand McNally's StreetFinder GPS for Palm 
IIIc and VII handhelds ($199) turns your 
PDA into a complete navigation system. 
Your Palm attaches to an external GPS 
tracking cradle that syncs with the 
StreetFinder program to provide your exact 
location with street-by-street directions to 
other places. Nexian's HandyGPS Pro 
($199.99) and Thales Navigation's Magellan 
GPS Companion ($159) perform similar 
functions for the Visor. DeLorme's 
Earthmate Road Warrior Edition ($199.95) 
provides a GPS receiver that plugs into the 
serial port of the CLIE and selected Visor 
and Palm models. 

In a corporate environment, the net- 
work is often essential for the distribution of 
data. To this end, Xircom offers the Wire- 
less LAN Module ($299) for the Palm ml 25, 
m500, and m505, as well as the SpringPort 
Wireless Ethernet Module ($298.99) for the 
Visor. Both support the 802.11b (Wi-Fi) 
standard for speeds as fast as 1 lmbps. If 
your company is going with Bluetooth 
instead of 802.1 lb, Xircom's SpringPort 
Bluetooth Module ($298.99) is expected to 
be available early this year. It works with 
Visor handhelds and has an effective range 
of about 32 feet. (The 802.11b devices, by 
contrast, have a maximum range of roughly 
300 feet.) If you don't need wireless, check 
out Portsmith's Ethernet Cradle ($199), 
which works with many Palm and Visor 
models. It supports standard lOmbps or 
10/l00mbps Ethernet connections. 

CUSTOM CASES 

Not all PDA accessories are electronic add- 
ons — cases and styli are also hot sellers. 
Some of the cases are formfitting, so you 
can tuck your PDA into a coat pocket, while 
still giving it some degree of protection. 




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ere are some PDA add-ons that meet 
niche needs and demonstrate just how 
pervasive and integral to our daily lives PDAs 
have become. 

What's the sound of one hand typing? Find 
out with Matias' Half Keyboard ($99). The 
device looks like the left side of a full-size key- 
board, but when you press the spacebar simul 
taneously with another key, it emu- 
lates the missing right side of the 
keyboard. It's compatible with Palm 
and Visor models, and it frees up your 
other hand for the stylus. 

As games have matured on the 
Palm, so have the game controllers. 
One of the most unusual ones, TT 
Tech's SnapNPlay ($29.95), adds an 
eight-way directional pad and two fire 
buttons. It also has a vibration func- 
tion that lets you feel the dynamics of 
the game through coordinated shock 
vibrations. 

If you love taking your PDA for a 
drive, you're a prime candidate for 
Arkon Resources' Universal 



Multimedia PDA Mounts. The Vent Mount 
Multimedia Kit ($69.95) fastens onto your car's 
heating/air-conditioner vents. The Cup Holder 
Multimedia Mount ($69.95) fits into a standard 
automobile cup holder, and the Windshield/ 
Console Multimedia Mount ($69.95) employs 
three suction cups to adhere to your car's 
windshield. 




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Others are large enough to stow additional 
items, such as expansion cards, extra batter- 
ies, a notepad, or even an AC-power 
adapter. These, obviously, are not as 
pocketable. 

Fellowes' Bumpers ($29.99) are rubber- 
ized, water-resistant cases that are barely 
larger than the Visor, Palm III, and Palm V 
models they protect. If you want something 
even sturdier, RhinoSkin's titanium cases 




RhinoSkin titanium case, LandWare Floating-Point Stylus, Fellowes PDA Keyboard 
and Case 



($99.95) are made from 100 percent Grade 1 
titanium, and are available for selected Palm 
and Visor models. The company also makes 
aluminum cases ($49.95) for the Jornada and 
iPaq. If you prefer something more tradi- 
tional, check out Ondata's Palm V Case 
($130) made from hand-stitched Italian 
leather. 

Larger cases include Fellowes' PDA 
Travel Portfolio ($29.99), which has com- 
partments for credit cards 
and notepads, holders for 
a pen and stylus, and a 
Velcro attachment to 
secure your PDA. 
Fellowes also has an inge- 
niously designed PDA 
Keyboard and Case 
($95.99). It supports the 
Palm III (though not the 
IIIc), Palm V, and Visor. 
When open, your PDA is 
on the left side, and a full- 
function keyboard is on 
the right. 

Perhaps the ultimate 
PDA case is Seiko 
Instruments' SmartPad2 



($199.99). It has room for your PDA, cell 
phone, combination stylus and ink pen, 
built-in keyboard, and 5-by-8-inch 
notepad. The notepad transfers your notes 
and drawings directly to your handhe\d 
via an infrared transceiver. The SmartPad2 
is compatible with the Visor, CLIE, and 
HandEra TRGpro, as well as the Palm III 
and later Palm models. 

The look, size, and feel of a stylus is 
a personal matter. LandWare's Floating- 
Point Stylus ($13.95) is compatible with 
the Palm III, V, VII, and m500 series. It 
features a pressure-sensitive tip to pro- 
vide better comfort and less wear on the 
screen. Fellowes has three stylus models: 
the PDA StylusPen ($6.99), Slimpoint 
StylusPen ($12.99), and Premier 
StylusPen ($24.99). All three can morph 
from a stylus to a pen with a single 
click. And Yasutomo's popular Multi- 
Point Pens and Quad-Point Pens can be 
equipped with a special Stylus Tip 
($1.99) that transforms one of the four 
colored-ink pens into a stylus. 

These products only scratch the surface 
of the pile of PDA accessories available. In 
general, you'll find a broader selection for 
the most popular models, and fewer for 
older and discontinued models. Favor 
brand- or model-specific accessories only if 
you know you'll stay with the same brand 
or model when making future PDA pur- 
chases. It may make more sense to buy a 
new-model PDA than to upgrade an old 
one's capabilities piecemeal. You may also 
find that a PDA loaded with accessories is 
too much to carry, so think about how you 
use the device and concentrate on filling 
any significant gaps. The key to buying 
PDA accessories is to ask if each item truly 
increases your productivity. ▼ 



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These sites all stock a wide selection of 
add-on products for PDAs. They're all 
great places to start — and finish — your 
shopping for handheld accessories. 

Handango, www.handango.com 
iGo, www.igo.com 

MobilePlanet, www.mobileplanet.com 
PalmGear.com, www.palmgear.com 
PalmSpot, www.palmspot.com 
PDAMart, www.pdamart.com 



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It's human nature to always want 
more, and those of us mastering CDs 
are no exception. Most CD burners 
include software that provides the 
basic ability to create data and audio 
CDs. Alone, these programs are not going 
to satisfy anyone making lots of discs — 
you might want to label your CDs, use an 
audio editor, or apply cleanup filters to 
remove hiss and crackles from analog 
sources. You might also find you need 
additional programs to burn MP3 or 
Windows Media Audio (WMA) ft\es to 
disc, depending on what came bundled 
with your recorder. 

Here's a look at some of the best CD- 
mastering programs to cross our radar 
screen. These programs support the latest 
technologies used by hardware vendors to 
prevent buffer underruns, including 
Yamaha's SafeBurn, Ricoh's JustLink, and 
Sanyo's BURN-Proof. That means regard- 
less of which mastering software you 
choose, you should no longer generate 
piles of ruined CD-R blanks. 

CLICK 'N BURN PRO 2.0 



EDITORS' RATING 5.0 



PROS: Broad feature set; solid audio editor, CD-label maker 
CONS: User interface needs a face-lift; doesn't automatically fill in 
audio-CD track information 

We like the functionality that Stomp 
built into Click 'N Burn Pro 2.0, but 
an outdated interface and several critical 
feature gaps put it at a disadvantage. 

Our woes started during setup. We 
were forced to install each major module 
separately, for a total of five installations. 
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painstakingly archived to disc. To dress your 
disc for success, you need a printed label. 

You can spend a little or you can spend a 
lot making labels. If your budget is in the 
low two figures, opt for a product such 
as Stomp's CD Stomper Pro (www. 
cdstomper.com, $39.99). The kit includes 
label-creation software with loads of images 
and templates, 50 blank CD/DVD labels, 1 
jewel-case and tray-card insert sheets, and a 
plastic guide that applies the adhesive labels 
to your discs precisely. Similar products 
include the CD Labeling Kit from Pressit 
(www.pressft.com, $24.98), and the Neato 
CD Labeler Kit from Fellowes (www. 
fellowes.com, $29.99). 

For a truly professional appearance, 
however, you'll need an inkjet printer 
like Primera Technology's Signature IV 
(www.primeratech.com, $1,495). This 
unit prints directly on special CD-Rs that 
cost about $1 each in packs of 50. The 
result is a disc that could pass for a mass- 
produced product. Trace Affex's Allegro 
(www.aflfex.com, $ 1 ,285) produces similar 
results, as does Odixion's DigiPrinter 
Universal (www.odixionusa.com, $449). 



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strengths of Click 'N Burn, as is 
the ability to write to up to four 
drives simultaneously. Two of the 
software's other bright spots are 
compromised somewhat, however. 
The program's audio editor is only 
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Building on PrimoCD technology 
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introduce a new package, the $99 
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Given the burgeoning market for sub- 
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PROS: Polished toolset well -matched tor mainstream users; 
SoundStream 2 mixes CD, WMA, MP3 tiles 
CONS: CD-copy function comparatively weak; obtuse Video CD 
program; cryptic video editor 

Roxio's $99.95 Easy CD Creator 5 
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handles most mainstream data and audio 
tasks with aplomb. The only reasons to 
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superior Windows integration (SimpliCD), 
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Roxio also added SoundStream, 
which rips audio-CD tracks into 
MP3, WMA, or WAV format, and 
accepts and burns the same 
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competent labeling utility. 

On the data front, version 5 retains 
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Titanium (www.roxfo.com, $89.95), a 
good general-purpose program for audio 
and data CDs with niceties such as a 
label- and liner-creation program. A 
slightly less expensive alternative is 
Charismac Engineering's Discribe 4.5 
(www.charismac.com, $74.96). In con- 
trast, Roxio's high-end Jam ($199) targets 
audio mavens who need a stand-alone 
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be cryptic and lacking features, and Video CD 
Creator difficult to use. Aspiring video pro- 
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Most users will overlook these short- 
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NERO BURNING ROM 5.5 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



PROS: Advanced CD-copy features; can burn to multiple recorders; 

good audio editor; programming API 

CONS: Cluttered interface; not as polished as other applications here 

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a techie tool that provides advanced fea- 
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to record simultaneously to up to 32 
CD recorders using optional soft- 
ware. Nero's audio editor is particu- 
larly impressive, as is the $49 price for 
the software's downloadable version. 
Nero is wizard-driven, and most 
functions share a similar interface, 
a welcome change from the multi- 
ple-applets approach of other 
products. We never quite felt com- 
fortable with Nero's interface, 
though, and we frequently adjust- 
ed window size and location while 
working through projects. 
Nero's WAV/MP3 editor was 
among the best in this roundup, with hiss 
and noise reduction for analog recordings. 
You do have to pay $19 for unlimited MP3 
encoding, however. Other caveats include 
having to spawn a separate player to listen to 
your own source files, and a CD-label 
and jewel-case art program that's 
inferior to Easy CD Creator's. 

In the video arena, Nero handles 
both Video CD and the MPEG-2 
based Super Video CD with reason- 
ably straightforward menu creation 
and MPEG-1 /MPEG-2 encoding. 
(MPEG-2 encoding requires an 
optional $16 plug-in.) Nero also 
offers features that simplify the 
archiving of games and other hard- 
to-copy discs, and the program 
allows for virus checking before 
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NTI CD-MAKER 2000 
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EDITORS' RATING 5.0 



PROS: Logical workflow 

CONS: Doesn't import audio-CD track information; user interlace 

needs work; no stand-alone audio editor 

NewTech Infosystems' CD-Maker 2000 
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but it has critical flaws in some key areas. 
CD-Maker handles eight different pro- 
ject types, and customizes both the inter- 
face and workflow by type, a nice touch. 
Preparing data CDs was simple, but the 
program didn't test for available space 
before validating the layout and verifying 
access speed, wasting about 10 minutes on 
processing time before informing us we 
had insufficient space on our CD. Then, 
when creating our jewel-case cover and 
CD label, we discovered that none of the 




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Yes 


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Windows XP offers some CD- 
burning functionality, but most 
users will want to opt for a third- 
party program regardless. Here's why. 

On the audio front, Windows Media 
Player, available for Windows 95 and later, 
already includes CD-recording capabilities, 
with several notable limitations. First, Media 
Player has to lay out all tracks before burning, 
so you'll need 650MB of free hard drive 
space or more. Most traditional CD 
recorders do not require this. 

Also lacking is the ability to easily archive 
an audio CD; with Media Player, you have to 
convert all the tracks to WMA, create a 
playlist, and burn from there. Furthermore, 
niceties such as a sophisticated audio editor, 
hiss-and-click removal, track effects like fade- 
in and fade-out, and a CD labeler are missing. 

For data, Windows XP can burn directly 
to your CD-R, but you'll have to wait as it 
stages all files on the hard drive before the 
burn, and your system will have to accom- 
modate the associated storage overhead. In 
contrast, virtually all mainstream CD-R pro- 
grams read the files and write on the fly, 
saving disk space. 

On the plus side, XP's controls are simple 
and well-integrated with Windows. And XP 
supports multisession discs, so you can back 
up your files incrementally. 

However, support for multisession discs 
is not as helpful as drive-letter-access 
capabilities, like those in Roxio's DirectCD. 
DirectCD can write incrementally to a CD-R 
or CD-RW disc with minimal overhead for 
each write. Each time you write a new ses- 
sion in XR the disc consumes about 20MB of 
space for overhead. Thus, for incremental 
backups, you're better off with a third-party 
program. 

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the advanced disc formats such as hybrid, 
bootable, Video CD or Super Video CD, 
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does), necessitating more data 
entry. CD-Maker also doesn't 
accept WMA files, a problem if 
you've standardized on the SimpliCD 

Microsoft format. And the program proved 
incompatible with MP3 files created by 
Realjukebox that loaded and burned 
without a problem in all other tested 
programs. 

Though we liked the program's CD- 
audio-to-MP3 capabilities, as well as its 
noise, click, and pop filter with preview, 
the lack of a separate audio editor was 
particularly distressing. NTI personnel 
advised us that most of the program's 
shortcomings will be addressed in a new 
version available early this year. If so, this 
program's strong interface and workflow 
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which offers extraordinary Windows inte- 
gration. Its audio and video tools don't 
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SimpliCD appears as a folder on your 
Windows desktop, into which you can 
drag and drop files. You control CD- 
writing functions with six special icons 




installed on the menu bar. You can even 
click the folders button, spawning the 
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Double-click on a folder on the left, and 
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your absolute top priority. 

BURNING BRIGHT 

Any of these five programs can handle ele- 
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the basic bundles that ship with the drives 
themselves. Users willing to pay for a cushy 
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eremiah Greenblatt is a 
recovering Napster addict. 
He first started using the 
online music-sharing service 
at the beginning of 200 1 
and was instantly hooked. 
"I'd heard about it for a long 
time, but never bothered to 
try the software until it was almost too late," 
recalls Greenblatt, a theatrical carpenter who 
lives in Brooklyn. He tried to make up for lost 
time. "I was downloading MP3 files as fast as 
my Internet connection could carry them." 

But Greenblatt didn't have much time to 
indulge his habit. Shortly after he began using 
the service, Napster began removing many 
copyrighted songs from its vast directory in 
response to a court ruling. Then, in July, it shut 
down the network altogether, announcing 
plans to return as a subscription service. 

Greenblatt was bereft, but not without 
options. "There are plenty of Napster-like pro- 
grams out there," he says. But he hasn't used 
them yet. "I haven't even gotten around to lis- 
tening to everything I downloaded," he admits. 

LEGAL FALLOUT 

The past year has been turbulent for online- 
music devotees. Just as millions were learn- 
ing to turn to the Internet as a primary source 
of downloadable music, a series of legal actions 
on the part of the recording industry changed 
everything. The repercussions are still being 
felt, as companies scramble to form alliances 
and strategies that will enable consumers to 
purchase music online. 

In 2000, the explosive popularity of 
Napster (www.napster.com) sparked a lawsuit 
by the Recording Industry Association of 
America (RIAA). The suit charged that a large 
percentage of the MP3 files swapped by 
Napster users were copyrighted material 
owned by RIAA members, and their trading 
constituted copyright infringement. The RIAA 
also targeted MP3.com (www.mp3.com) , 
whose My.MP3 service offers users the ability 
to listen, via MP3. corn's servers, to tracks on 
albums they already own. MP3.com counter- 
sued, alleging unfair RIAA business practices. 

Other suits, countersuits, settlements, and 
court decisions followed throughout 2000 and 
200 1 ; some have yet to be settled. The result 
so far has been that Napster, in its original free 
file-sharing form, ceased to exist. MP3.com 
scaled back its services, and many smaller 
music-downloading sites went out of business 
or were absorbed by rivals. Despite all that, 
another result has been the proliferation of 
alternative peer-to-peer file-swapping services 
that do pretty much what Napster did. 

At the same time, the music industry real- 
ized that downloadable music is here to stay. 
Publishers and record companies tried to fig- 
ure out how to profit from downloadable dig- 
ital music, and also tried to fight illegal file 
swapping. Until recently, the industry's 
response to the situation was "a classic case 
of supply fighting its own demand," says 
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This is about to change. Most of the 
major players in the music arena have aligned 
themselves with one of two new services, 
Pressplay and MusicNet, both expected to be 
up and running by the time you read this. 
Pressplay (www.pressplay.com) is a joint ven- 
ture of Sony Music and Vivendi Universal. 

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The trend with digital music is to pick and 
choose your own music mix, track by 
track. But if you're a radio fan who enjoys lis- 
tening to what a talented DJ has in store for 
you, you're also in luck. The Internet offers 
an abundance of live radio-style broadcasts 
that can be enjoyed at any hour. And many of 
them are free. 

An Internet "radio station" is simply a 
real-time audio stream, usually in RealAudio, 
Windows Media Audio, or MP3 format. To 
listen, you simply need freely downloadable 
audio-player software that's compatible with 
the format. A streamed CD track starts play- 
ing at the beginning of the song, but when 
you click on a Web link to a real-time 
stream, it starts playing in the middle of the 
broadcast. It's just like tuning in a station on a 
real-world radio. 

Many stations have a low-fi version of the 
feed for those with slower connections. 
You'll appreciate the experience more with a 
fast connection, though, especially if you plan 
to run the audio player in the background 
while performing other Internet-related tasks 
on your PC. 

You can find thousands of online stations; 
some are affiliated with AM or FM broadcast 
stations, others are Net-only You'll find sta- 
tions that play music of every conceivable 
genre, and others with news, sports, weather, 
humor, commentary, and spoken-word per- 
formance. Some good starting points for find- 
ing stations that suit your taste are the 
Internet Radio List (www.internetradiolist. 
com), Yahoo Radio (radio.yahoo.com), 
VirtualTuner.com (www.virtualtuner.com) , 
and Radio-Locator (www.radio-locator.com). 



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MusicNet (www.musicnet.com) has the 
backing of EMI Group, Bertelsmann, 
and AOL Time Warner, and is using 
technology from RealNetworks. 
Napster will be launching a new paid 
subscription service in conjunction with 
MusicNet, while MP3.com has inked a 
deal with Pressplay. 

German media giant Bertelsmann 
is also developing its own all-encom- 
passing music brand, BeMusic, which 
will unite three of the company's prop- 
erties: online music retailer CDNow 
(www.cdnow.com), digital-music "lock- 
er" creator Myplay (www.myplay.com), 
and the venerable mail-order record 
club BMG Direct (www.bmgmusicservice. 
com). Bertelsmann also licensed Napster 
technology to power some aspects of 
BeMusic's incipient online presence. 



DIGITAL DELIVERY 

Different companies have taken various 
approaches to selling digital music and 
delivering it from their servers to your ears. 
Streaming files involves different technolo- 
gy and delivery models than providing files 
for download. 

It's important to understand the distinc- 
tion between streaming and downloading 
an audio track. Streaming is the standard 
distribution method for Internet radio. 
When you "stream" a track, you're essen- 
tially listening to a song directly over the 
Internet; you can't then take the song and 
copy it or burn it onto a CD. 

When you download a track, a file in MP3 
or another format is transferred to your com- 
puter, where you can do what you want with 
it — although files in some formats, such 
as Windows Media Audio (WMA), have 
copyright restrictions built in. 

Most of today's digital-music sites provide 
music downloads, and charge per down- 
loaded song or album. CDNow (www.cdnow. 
com) takes this approach, charging between 
99 cents and $3.99 per track. 

Sonicnet.com (www.sonicnet.com) is 
another pay-per-download site, as are the dig- 
ital-music sites for MTV (www.rioport.com/ 
MTV) and VHl (www.rioport.com/VHl). All 
three are powered by server technology from 
RioPort, so they share a similar interface. 

RioPort supplies files in various formats, 
with accompanying restrictions, depending 
on which label provided the content. For 
example, WMA content from the EMI cata- 
log can be burned to CD twice, while WMA 




MTV's download area offers a mix of free and for-pay music 
tracks using RioPort's back-end technology. 



files provided by Warner cannot be burned to 
CD at all. 

Liquid Audio is another format with rights 
protection built in. The online store at 
Liquid.com (www.liquid.com) has an extensive 
catalog of downloads, which require the pro- 
prietary Liquid Player software to play. You 
can also use this software to burn down- 
loaded tracks to CD, although only certain 
CD-R drives are supported. 

While downloading an album may 
seem appealing, the cost is about the 
same as buying the same album on CD. 
Consequently, the usage restrictions might 
make you think twice. 

One advantage, of course, is that you can 
listen to your new music immediately. 
MP3. corn's Instant Listening feature lets you 
purchase CDs and immediately listen to their 
tracks. When you order certain albums 
from MP3.com or its partners, such as 
Hollywood.com (www.hollywood.com), you 
can add tracks to your My.MP3 account 
and listen to them before the CD arrives. 
Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) offers simi- 
lar functionality with some albums, placing 
their contents into your account's Digital 
Library (www.amazon.com/mylibrary). 

MP3.com also has a NetCD purchase 
option for some CDs. The NetCD version 
of an album is significantly less expensive 
than the physical CD, and buying it trans- 
fers the tracks into your account, from 
which you can play or download them. 
Due to legal issues, the number of Instant 
Listening-enabled albums and NetCD 
albums is limited, but this should start to 
change with the launch of Pressplay. 

Pressplay and MusicNet are expected to 
bring a subscription-based model to the fore- 
front of digital-music purchasing. One site 
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model is EMusic.com (www.etnusic.com). 
Once you pay a monthly fee — $14.99 a 
month for three months, $9.99 a month if 
you sign up for the whole year — you can 
download any number of tracks or albums 
from the site's extensive catalog. (A free 30- 
day trial is available, during which you can 
download up to 100 tracks.) 

A site called LiquidCD (www.liquidcd.com) 
uses an innovative music-purchasing process 
that circumvents both the legal problems of 
downloadable MP3s and the logistical hassles 
of live streaming. Browsing the company's 
catalog, you can add tracks to your shopping 
cart for 99 cents, or an entire album for $9.99. 
When your cart contains enough music to fill 
a CD, LiquidCD's proprietary software lets 
you burn the songs directly onto a disc in 
your CD burner. LiquidCD currently offers a 
small roster of rather obscure artists, but it's a 
promising approach. 

If you don't have a CD burner, some 
sites still use the "build your own CD" 
model, burning a CD with songs you select 
and sending it to you. Some firms that tried 
this approach on a large scale, such as 
CustomDisc.com, are now defunct. 
However, some niche sites, like American 
Music Classics (www.americanmusicclassics. 
com) and Oldie.com (www.oldie.com), offer 
the service, albeit with a limited selection of 
music. 

These purchasing options apply to music 
by major-label artists, but the Web also offers 
an incredible wealth of legally free download- 
able music by little-known artists. And you 
can find a huge number of free promotional 
singles by big-time acts. MP3.com boasts 
more than 1 million songs, and many of the 
other sites mentioned above, including 
CDNow and MTVcom (www.mtv.com/ 
music /downloads), provide free downloads in 
addition to their for-pay fare. Listen.com 
(www.li5ten.com) offers a large, searchable 
database of for-pay and free songs. 

COURTING MUSIC LOVERS 

According to David Pakman, BeMusic's 
senior vice president of corporate devel- 
opment and public policy, consumers' use of 
Napster, MP3.com, and other services indi- 
cates a massive demand for digital music. The 
industry's task is to figure out how to meet 
that need. "We're racing to satisfy the con- 
sumers who have already told everyone what 
they want," Pakman says. 

How will these services work, where will 
you find them, and how large a selection of 



music will they offer? "We have to continue 
to morph our models," says MP3. corn's Oien. 

At first, Pressplay and MusicNet will 
have a few basic elements in common. 
Neither will offer a stand-alone service; 
you won't go to their Web sites to get 
music. Rather, each will license its catalog 
and technology to a number of affiliates. 

Several high-powered Web portals are 
already Pressplay affiliates, including 
Microsoft via its MSN Music site 



Digital-Music Glossary 

Here's a brief guide to some of the terms and 
acronyms you'll need to know when downloading 
digital music. 



AUDIO FILE FORMATS 

Bluematter: A secure format from Universal 

CDA: Uncompressed CD audio, as found on 
commercially purchased CDs 

Liquid Audio: A secure format from Liquid.com 

MP3: MPEG- 1 Audio Layer 3, a compression format 
for audio streams and files 

RealAudio: A streaming format from RealNetworks 

SAF: Secure Audio Format, from InterTrust 

WMA: Windows Media Audio, a secure format from 
Microsoft 



OTHER TERMS 

Big Five: The major music labels: BMG, EMI, Sony, 
Universal, and Warner 

Bit rate: The amount of data per second in a given 
audio file or stream, which determines the sound 
quality 

CDDB: A comprehensive online database of albums 
and songs that sends information to your audio-player 
software 

DRM: Digital-rights management 

ID3 tag: Song and artist information contained within 
an MP3 file 

P2P: Peer to peer, a method of sharing data within a 
network of computer users 



(music.msn.com), Yahoo via Yahoo Music 
(music.yahoo.com), and MP3.com, which is 
providing some of Pressplay s back-end 
technology. 

MusicNet has licensed its music- 
delivery platform to America Online 
(www.aol.com) and RealNetworks 
(www.real.com), makers of the popular 
RealPlayer software. Napster will also offer 
MusicNet's content through its new sub- 
scription-based service, and MusicNet in 
turn has licensed technology from 
Napster. 



Napster is also working directly with 
Bertelsmann (Bertelsmann's BMG publish- 
ing arm is a MusicNet participant) in 
preparation for the launch of its new for- 
pay subscription service. In fact, the deal 
between Napster and Bertelsmann, signed 
in October 2000, was one of the first 
signals of rapprochement between the 
recording industry and the file-swapping 
community. 

Bertelsmann, meanwhile, is preparing its 
own digital-music site. CDNow and 
BMG Direct will remain available in 
their present form, Pakman says; 
BeMusic is expected to be "an iiber- 
Web site'' providing multiple mech- 
anisms for obtaining music. 

How will you actually obtain 
digital music through these new 
services? Pressplay and MusicNet 
will offer both streaming audio and 
downloads, but the downloads will 
be in a format that incorporates 
copyright protection. Pressplay will 
provide WMA files, which will only 
be playable on the PC to which 
they are downloaded, so you won't 
be able to copy them to another 
computer or an external MP3 
player, or burn them to a CD. 

Although the new services offer 
new limitations, they will provide 
legal access to substantial catalogs 
of music. The participation of the 
recording-industry conglomerates 
that control mainstream music is 
clearly a crucial element. Fortu- 
nately, record companies have 
signed nonexclusive agreements to 
make their catalogs available 
through these services. This means 
a particular song might be available 
on more than one service. Al- 
though EMI is a part owner of 
MusicNet, it has also licensed its 
catalog to Pressplay. "At some point. 
you'll have cross-licensing both ways," 
says Oien. Still, a single service with 
music from all five major labels appears 
to be a long way off. 

How will you pay for digital music 
through these services? Subscriptions. 
MusicNet and Pressplay assume that music 
buyers will be willing to pay for a month's 
or a year's worth of access to a wide range 
of music. The pricing structure will be up 
to the individual distribution affiliates, but 
$10 a month has been mentioned as a 

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file-sharing network and makes downloading simple. 

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suggested fee. For this price, a subscriber 

would be able to download a limited number 

of songs, maybe 50 or 75, in a given month. 

However, your subscription might only 
give you a time-limited "rental" on the 
songs you download, instead of indefinite 
access. Under such a scheme, which is how 
Pressplay and MusicNet are expected to 
launch, you would only be able to listen to 
a given song for, say, 30 days after down- 
loading, at which point the track would 
expire and become unplayable unless you 
pay an additional price for permanent 
access. 

In all likelihood, the market will have 
the final say in determining how many 
such restrictions remain in place as the 
new services battle for subscriber dollars. 
"People are not going to change their con- 
sumption habits in a negative direction," 
notes BeMusic's Pakman. "If there are sig- 
nificant restrictions on your use of digital 
music, that's a bomb." 

This explains why file-sharing net- 
works, whose goal is to provide music files 
with no restrictions whatsoever, won't 
disappear anytime soon. 

FREE AND EASy 

The lawsuit against Napster, and the subse- 
quent demise of its unlimited, peer-to- 
peer, free file-sharing network, did not put an 
end to MP3 sharing on the Internet. "The 
destruction of Napster only resulted in the 
second generation of peer-to-peer services," 
says MP3. corn's Oien. Some of these next- 
wave networks are now comparable to 
Napster in their popularity and the amount of 
available music. 

A peer-to-peer network is a community 
of users who share files on their own PCs 



using a common protocol. Any 
software application complying 
with a particular protocol can 
communicate with any other. 
Consequently, there can be a num- 
ber of different client applications 
on any given network. 

Many networks based on the 
Napster protocol are still out there, 
although Napster, the company, no 
longer provides access to them 
through a central database server. 
Aimster (www.aimster.com), which 
peer also features instant messaging, is 

one such Napster client. 

Aimster also supports Gnutella, 
one of the largest and most talked-about file- 
sharing networks. Unlike Napster, Gnutella 
doesn't maintain a central repository of file 
information. While this hinders the speed and 
scope of network searches, participation can 
be fully anonymous, and there's no real target 
for potential lawsuits aside from the users 
themselves. 

Gnutella also lets you share any digital file: 
MP3s, images, applications, and the like. 
Configuring your PC to work with the 
Gnutella network can be tricky, but many 
Gnutella software clients make the experience 
more user-friendly. Popular Gnutella clients 
include XoloX (www.xolox.nl), Lime Wire 
(www.limewire.com), and BearShare 
(www. bear share, com) . 

While Gnutella takes an open-source 
approach — and thus boasts a large number 
of available clients — other networks use 
proprietary protocols and software. The 
iMesh (www.imesh.com) network and client, 
like Gnutella, allow sharing of all types of 
media files. Audiogalaxy (www.audiogalaxy. 
com), with its well-designed Audiogalaxy 




With its well-designed interface, Audiogalaxy is one of several 
music-sharing networks to profit from Napster's demise. 



Satellite software, skirts legal issues by let- 
ting you download public-domain material 
directly but referring you to other users for 
copyrighted items. 

But the file-sharing software that's gener- 
ated the most recent excitement \s from a 
small Dutch company and based on a tech- 
nology called FastTrack (www.fasttrack.nu) . 
The company behind FastTrack also owns 
KaZaA (www.kazaa.com), which lets you 
access the FastTrack network through both 
a software application, KaZaA Media 
Desktop, and a plug-in for the popular 
Winamp media player. 

The popularity of the FastTrack network 
has grown exponentially since Napster went 
offline. FastTrack access has also been 
licensed to others. Morpheus, a program 
from MusicCity Networks (www.musiccity. 
com), features a superb interface for searching 
the network's many thousands of media 
files. Grokster (www.grokster.com) provides 
another compatible client. 

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME 

If you're interested in file swapping, you 
may want to grab your files while you 
can. As of this writing, the RIAA had filed a 
copyright-infringement lawsuit against 
FastTrack, MusicCity, and Grokster, and was 
preparing to take action against other file- 
sharing networks. 

Whatever the outcome of the next 
round of court battles, and however the 
new subscription services play out, digital- 
music distribution is an idea whose time 
has come. Napster pointed the way, says 
BeMusic's Pakman. 

"Value was not the only reason it was 
successful," he notes. "There was huge 
convenience. The catalog was extremely 
deep. It was fast, it was fun, it had a 
community element to it." The 
recording industry is counting on 
these elements to attract customers, 
even when they have to pay for access. 
Oien, whose MP3.com has already 
weathered many shake-ups, is hopeful, 
but knows more challenges lie ahead. 
The most pressing issue at present is 
publishing — finding a viable system 
for music publishers and copyright 
holders to be paid for music distrib- 
uted in nontraditional ways. 

"If we can get through that," Oien 
says, "you'll find a rebirth of digital 
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hen Sue Mischel received her 
new computer from 
Quantex Microsystems, she 
was shocked. Not because 
the system finally arrived after a six- 
week delay, and not because it actually 
had the free upgrades Quantex 
promised her. 

The first thing that happened was I 
got a big shock from the tower," says 
Mischel, a 55-year-old part-time 
teacher. Upon inspecting the system, 
she discovered the cover was not 
secured properly. "Some loose stuff 
was floating around. I put everything in 
place, closed the tower, and so far, no 
more shocks." 

But a shock of another kind was 
still to come. A few months later, one 



of the system's drives stopped working, 
and Mischel learned Quantex was out 
of business. Her response? "Anger and 
frustration that I had spent hard-earned 
money for a defective product and had 
no remedy." 

Mischel's story reflects an unfortu- 
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Companies sometimes go out of busi- 
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was the October 2000 shutdown of 
Fountain Technologies, the parent 
company of Quantex, CyberMax, 
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Virtually overnight, customers were 
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of a defective system, should you receive 
one at all. Your order could be delayed or 
canceled, and you may find it difficult to 
get answers from the company. Worse yet, 
the company may have already cashed 
your check (never, ever pay by check) or 
charged your credit card, leaving you with 
a bum system or no system at all. 

If you've placed an order and your 
machine doesn't arrive on the promised 
date, don't panic. Call the company for an 
explanation, write down the name of the 
person you speak with, and take copious 
notes during the conversation. It's not 
uncommon for a parts shortage to delay an 
order. Give the company another chance to 
ship the system by a specific date. If it 
misses that one, it's time to consider 
pulling the plug. Delays don't prove that a 
company's faltering, but they're a sign it 
could be. 

If you suspect something's wrong or 
you're out of patience, call your credit-card 
company to make sure you haven't been 
billed for the system. Reputable companies 
don't charge your card until the system 
ships, but a company in trouble may not 
wait that long. Assuming you haven't been 
charged, ask the credit-card company to 
make a note in your records that you're 
canceling an order for a computer. This 



could help immeasurably if the charge 
goes through despite your cancellation. 
Next, call the vendor to cancel your order, 
and again take detailed notes. 

Indeed, your credit-card company can 
be an invaluable ally in dealing with PC 
vendors, according to Edgar Dworsky, con- 
sumer advocate and founder of Consumer 
World (www.consumerworld.org) . If you're 
within the vendor's money -back guarantee 
period, but the seller has folded, Dworsky 
says, you may be able to make a claim 
under your card's return-protection policy, 
if it has one. "Some cards, like American 
Express Optima, Platinum, and Blue, will 
refund the price of a purchase, up to cer- 
tain dollar limits, for 90 days from the date 
of purchase, for any reason, if the seller 
will not take it back," he says. Or if the 
seller isn't around to take it back. 

ALL IS NOT LOST 

If your credit-card company doesn't offer 
such protection, it's only natural to feel 
angry and helpless. Stephen Boggs pur- 
chased his second Quantex PC in April 1999 
after being generally pleased with his first 
one. When he needed help with it, he dis- 
covered the company had closed up shop. 
Now, he says, he's just plain out of luck. "I 
don't feel there's anything I can do to 
receive any type of support or assistance." 



Fortunately, users like Boggs do have 
options: extended warranties, individual 
parts warranties, third-party vendors, 
support groups, user groups, and Web 
resources, to name a few. 

The first step is to take inventory. Your 
PC was built with parts that came from a 
variety of sources, and those parts may have 
warranties independent of your vendor's. 
Maxtor hard drives, for instance, carry a 
three-year warranty that Maxtor will honor 
directly if you're unable to get assistance 
from your PC's maker. The same goes for 
other major component companies, includ- 
ing Creative Labs and Iomega. But in some 
cases, PC vendors buy parts on an original 
equipment manufacturer (OEM) basis, and 
these parts don't always carry the same war- 
ranty provisions as their retail counterparts. 
You'll have to determine your coverage on a 
part-by-part basis. If you saved the packing 
slip that came with your PC, you may find 
it lists the names and model numbers of 
individual parts. If not, you can find a lot of 
answers in Windows' Device Manager, 
accessible from the Control Panel. 

Extended warranties may also offer 
extended protections. But these policies, 
sold by third-party companies such as 
General Electric and Philips Magnavox, 
often don't kick in until the vendor's war- 
ranty has expired, so read the fine print. 

Even if your parts warranties have 



Don't Get Burned Again 

The best way to deal with the death of a PC vendor is to avoid buying from 
an unhealthy vendor in the first place. Of course, unless you own a work- 
ing crystal ball, it can be difficult to tell 
which vendors will be around and which 
won't. With a little research, however, you 
should be able to pick a PC maker that's solid. 

First, decide what kind of PC vendor you 
want to patronize. Quantex victim Ron Midden 
is now sticking with the big guys. "The next 
time I buy a computer, I'll most probably go 
with a more established brand, like Dell or 
IBM," he says. "I will avoid companies without 
an extensive track record and a sound 
financial base." 

You may prefer to avoid name brands and 
deal with a local independent shop. Prices 
may be higher, and you probably won't get a 
big software bundle or any glamorous extras, 
but you'll likely deal with knowledgeable, 

accessible people. Nothing beats being able to haul your machine a few miles 
down the road for help and repairs, or to pick up the phone and reach a live 




person. Even if you decide not to buy from a mom-and-pop shop, it's worth 

poking your head in the door to see if they can service machines built 

elsewhere. 

Consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky is convinced the big-name companies 

and respected retailers represent your best bet for success. "Stick with 

famous brands with good service records, or 
local computer assemblers who are well- 
established in the community and who 
represent that business is good." 

Wherever you plan to buy, do your 
research. Read magazine articles that rate 
vendor reliability and customer satisfaction. 
Look for negative press on specific companies 
at Web sites such as ConsumerAffairs.com 
(www.consumeraffairs.com), Epinions 
(www.epinions.com) , and the Better Business 
Bureau (www.bbb.org). Read as many reviews 
as possible, keeping in mind that just because 
a company receives glowing product reviews 

doesn't mean it's financially stable. Reviews 

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expired and the company that sold you the 
system is deceased, you may still be able to 
get the system fixed for free. Many gold and 
platinum credit cards double the manufac- 
turer's warranty (up to one year), so you 
can file a warranty claim with the credit- 
card issuer. 

Even some mom-and-pop repair shops 
may be able to help with warranties from 
parts manufacturers. These shops offer fast 
turnaround, and better still, there's no 
shipping involved. 

After you've taken inventory and double- 
checked your warranty situation, make the 
online home of the Better Business Bureau 
(www.bbb.org) your next stop. If you've got- 
ten a truly raw deal, it's important to notify 
the BBB for several reasons. First, if you've 
received a lemon or you can't get your 
money back, the agency may decide to 
launch an investigation on your behalf. 
Second, the more users who contact the 
BBB regarding a company's shoddy service, 
the worse that company's rating will be. A 
poor BBB rating can keep others from 
becoming victims. 

If you want to go a step further, contact 
the attorney general's office in your state, 
and the state where the vendor is based. 

PROBLEM SOLVING 

For many, it's not the loss of warranty or 
repair services that hurts; it's the loss of 
technical support. Suddenly, you have no 
one to turn to if something's not working. 
Your first stop should be the free options. 
At sites such as AskMe (www.asktne.com) 
and Protonic.com (www.protonic.com), vol- 
unteers offer free tech support. You may be 
able to find more such services by searching 
Google Groups (groups.google.com). If the 
free services can't solve your problem, try 
one of the numerous third-party companies 
that have surfaced in the wake of vendor 
failures. PC Crisis Line (www.pccrisis.com) 
offers 24/7 phone support (800-828-4358) 
that's billed via prepaid cards, either per 
minute or per incident. 

Sometimes, seeking out other users 
who've been burned can be a comfort. One 
such group, QuantexVictims on Yahoo 
Groups (groups.yahoo.com/group/ 
quantexvictims), has more than 100 mem- 
bers. That's where exasperated users like 
Boggs and Mischel were able to find sup- 
port and guidance after Quantex's sudden 
demise. "The Quantex support group was 
very valuable to me," says Mischel. "We are 
all nice people who got duped." 



These grassroots efforts are sometimes 
bolstered by corporate assistance. When 
Axis Systems shut down in January 2001, 
displaced production manager Arron 
Nelson purchased the remaining inventory 
and formed Integrity Computer Systems 
(www.integrity-pc.com). The new company 
not only builds PCs, but offers free and dis- 
counted replacement parts and upgrades for 
70,000 Axis customers. Why did Nelson 
extend this courtesy? "I felt really bad for all 
the Axis customers when the decision was 
made to shut the company down," he 
explains. 



Even if your PC maker 
is extinct you can still 
get assistance from 
extended warranties, 
component vendors, 
support and local-user 
groups, and myriad 



Web resources. 



Even Quantex customers aren't totally 
without recourse — at least those who own 
notebooks. Parts and service are available 
from Media Computer Enterprises 
(www.portablecomputer.com). Why do 
notebook owners get a break? With the 
exception of major companies such as 
Gateway and IBM, most PC vendors buy 
notebooks from other manufacturers, then 
resell them under their own brand. A note- 
book purchased from, say, Trogon may be 
physically identical to a ChemBook; both 
were manufactured by Chicony. The good 
news is that just because Trogon folds, it 
doesn't mean Chicony will, and you'll still 
be able to get parts such as batteries, 
power supplies, perhaps even screen 
replacements. The bad news is it can be 
difficult to pinpoint your notebook's origi- 



nal manufacturer to locate the parts. 

That didn't stop enterprising user Don 
Burns. After both AMS Tech and his AMS 
Tech laptop went south, he took matters 
into his own hands. "Because of my elec- 
tronics-repair background, I decided to fix 
my broken laptop myself. So I contacted a 
few online support lists related to computer 
repair or laptop support, looking for an 
LCD for my AMS Tech TravelPro." Burns 
not only found what he was looking for, he 
heard from other users. So was born 
Orphaned Laptops (www.orphanlaptops. 
com), offering limited tech support and 
replacement parts for, as the site says, "lap- 
tops that are not receiving any support from 
their OEMs." 

OTHER OPTIONS 

Even if your vendor's dead and gone, it pays 
to keep visiting the Web site again in the 
weeks and months that follow. If another 
company comes in to offer parts, support, or 
service, they'll likely put a link on the site. 

Plenty of other sites offer upgrades, 
drivers, and hardware help. Need more 
memory? Visit a site like Crucial 
Technology (www.crucial.com) and use the 
Memory Selector to find exactly the right 
type of modules. Need help finding the lat- 
est drivers for your applications and hard- 
ware? Try the CNET CatchUp.com utility 
(catchup.cnet.com), which finds not only 
software and driver updates but also securi- 
ty fixes. (CNET Networks is Computer 
Shopper's parent company.) If you're look- 
ing for drivers, try Driverzone.com 
(www.driverzone.com) and DriversHQ 
(www.drivershq.com). You can get help 
installing peripherals such as graphics cards 
and CD-RW drives at About.com 
(peripherals.about.com). 

One of the best sources of help — and 
one of the longest-standing — is the com- 
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every state, and there may be one in your 
town. Members usually gather once a 
month, and whether you're an absolute 
novice or a veteran who's just plain 
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hit a meeting. You can find groups in your 
area by visiting the User Group Network 
(www. user-groups, net) . 

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Set up the right 
telecommuting 
infrastructure, 
and you could 
boost corporate 
productivity 
and morale. 




conomic uncertainty and terrorist 
activity have left companies 
scrambling to reduce costs and 
accomplish more with less. And 
that has created a climate that's especially 
conducive to telecommuting. 

Part-time telecommuters (those who work 
from home at least twice a week) now number 
32 million, according to Cahners In-Stat Group, 
translating to roughly 20 percent of the U.S. 
workforce. By 2004, the digital-communications 
research firm says, 54 million workers will 
telecommute regularly 

Before you send some of your own staff 
home to work, you need a comprehensive 
telecommuting program that spells out consid- 
erations for hardware, security, communication 
methods, and technical support. By doing so, 
you'll improve employee satisfaction and save 
money. Telecommuting also helps increase 
employee retention and productivity, and serves 
as an effective recruiting tool for top talent. 

Telecommuting works best for knowledge 
workers and those whose performance can be 
measured. But structuring tasks so staff can 
work autonomously and unsupervised is a chal- 
lenge, as is ensuring they're involved in the cor- 
porate work culture. Regular teleconferences, 




Web conferences, and lots of written communi- 
cation via e-mail or instant messaging can help 
telecommuters feel connected. 

DOCUMENT YOUR POLICy 
/^T\ etting up a telecommuter policy 
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nologies that will control access between the 
telecommuter and the corporate LAN, and 
review the policy at regular intervals to adjust 
for new technologies. The policy should define 
the methods for reporting unauthorized usage 
and delineate how telecommuters access pro- 
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vided systems. Unless Quake 111 is mission- 
critical, you may want to prohibit the instal- 
lation of such extracurricular applications. 

Next, formally train telecommuters and 
have them sign a form stating they'll follow 
the policies or risk losing these privileges. 
You can never be completely sure what off- 
site staff members are doing, and these 
steps will limit your risks. 

Before you allow large numbers of 
employees to telecommute, devise a com- 
prehensive management strategy for 
remotely networked resources. Once a 
worker starts telecommuting, you risk los- 



ing control of that remote desktop, and put 
your company at risk for security breaches. 
Fortunately, existing technologies enable 
IT staff to update software and centrally 
manage these resources. 

If you provide your telecommuters with 
a computer, make sure the software is 
properly locked down before deployment. 
We recommend standardizing with 
Windows 2000 Professional, which offers 
high stability and good security options. 
You can employ cloning and management 
tools such as Symantec's Norton Ghost 
2002 and Altiris's Deployment Server 5.1 to 
roll out identically configured desktops. 



HARDWARE FOR HOME WORKERS 

®ou should also standardize all the 
offsite PCs by buying the same 
brand, model, and configuration, if 
possible. Stick with brand names and buy 
as much PC as you can afford. 

We recommend at least 256MB of RAM, 
a 933MHz Pentium III processor, a 20GB 
hard drive, and a 17-inch CRT monitor. The 
Dell OptiPlex GX150 configured this way 
costs around $ 1 ,200 and offers rock-solid 
reliability, good performance, and a small 
footprint for those with little space. 

Because space is a consideration for 
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software and manage 
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is a good alternative to a CRT. It takes up 
considerably less space than a CRT while 
offering sharper, flicker-free images. We like 
the affordable 1 5-inch Samsung SyncMaster 
570vTFT ($399) for its simple installation, 
and the 17.4-inch ViewSonic VG175 ($944) 
for its pivot feature that lets you change 
from portrait to landscape without a reboot. 

The single most important peripheral is 
the printer. For $ 1 00 or less you can get a 
good inkjet that will pump out decent text 
and attractive graphics. We like the $79 
Canon S400 Color Bubble Jet Printer, the $99 
(before $20 rebate) Epson Stylus C60, and the 
$49.99 HP Deskjet 630c. 

The telecommuter who prints a lot of 
business-related materials is better off with a 
laser printer, howev- 
er, because it delivers 
better text printing 
and lower consum- 
ables cost. Good 
choices include 
Minolta-QMSs $229 
PagePro HOOLand 
HP's $799.99 LaserJet 
2200dse. 

If you're willing to sacrifice quality out- 
put to save space and money, a multifunc- 
tion printer may fit the bill. These devices 
fuse printing, faxing, scanning, and copy- 
ing into a single unit. They range from 
$200 to $800, depending on features and 
quality. Consider the Lexmark Z82 Color 
Jetprinter ($199) and the HP OfficeJet 
g85xi All-in-One ($499.99). 

THE NET CONNECTION 

®he next step is determining Internet- 
service availability for your remote 
workers. A dial-up connection is 
ubiquitous and relatively inexpensive, but 
slow. Virtual private network (VPN) applica- 
tions will work over dial-up, but long waits 
for file downloads and the inevitable line 
disconnects will hobble productivity. 

A better choice is DSL or cable-modem 
service. Both provide an average download 
speed in the 5 1 2kbps range, and cost about 
$40 per month. The drawback? Availability. 
Coverage is spotty outside of major metro- 
politan areas. Plus, financial woes have hit the 
DSL market, so make sure to check into the 
provider's fiscal viability before you sign up. 

For telecommuters out of range of cable 
and DSL, consider satellite services such as 
StarBand and DirecPC. Speeds are compara- 
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around 400kbps. At $55 to $70 per month, the 
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VPN connections. What's more, the StarBand 
satellite's acceleration software won't work 
with hardware firewalls. If a telecommuter 
needs to share the connection among several 
PCs, you'll need a software proxy server. 

SECURE VPN CONNECTIONS 

f^^\ etermining how to connect the 

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^..^ work is the next decision. Many 
companies now use VPN technology, which 
affords secure access to corporate informa- 
tion. VPN client software installed on the 
user's desktop establishes an encrypted 

"tunnel'' through the 
public Internet. 

A VPN can be hard- 
ware- or software-based, 
maintained internally, or 
outsourced to a service 
provider that handles all 
user accounts and equip- 
ment, typically charging a 
monthly peruser or per- 
connection fee. The best VPN solutions are 
distributed ones in which policies are 
pushed out to managed nodes to ensure up- 
to-date security protection. 

If the telecommuter connects via VPN, 
the IT department can manage and support 
that station as if the PC were on the LAN 
using tools such as PC Any where 10.5. With 
Altiris Deployment Server, for example, 
administrators can remotely control a desk- 
top and send software updates or patches 
over the connection. 

Check Point Software Technologies, the 
leader in the enterprise VPN market, 
recently released the latest version of its 
flagship product, VPN-1 Gateway. Check 
Point offers the best logging product on the 
market, has excellent centralized manage- 
ment, and delivers a breadth of additional 
services. But it's expensive: A standard 
deployment costs upwards of $25,000 for 
100 users when you factor in hardware, 
software, and consulting fees. 

The Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator series 
is another strong option. The VPN 3005 
Concentrator supports 100 simultaneous 
users and includes excellent VPN client soft- 
ware that seamlessly connects to the corpo- 
rate network. If resources are limited, you 
can use combination firewall /VPN prod- 
ucts, such as SonicWall's XPRS2. Its VPN 
client software is functional, but it lacks the 
centralized-management capabilities of 
higher-end products. 



You can also opt for a software-based 
VPN. If your company has a Windows NT 
or 2000 server infrastructure, you can use 
built-in tools and a second network card to 
configure a fully functional VPN. Keep in 
mind that management costs will increase 
slightly because you'll be responsible for 
maintaining not only the VPN software, but 
also another Windows server. And you must 
update your server religiously with the lat- 



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Samsung SyncMaster 
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ViewSonic VG 175 


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PRINTERS 

Canon S400 Color 
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Epson Stylus C60 
HP Deskjet 630c 


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HP LaserJet 2200dse 


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HP OfficeJet g85xi 
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www.hp.com 


Lexmark Z82 Color Jetprinter 


www.lexmark.com 


Minolta-QMS PagePro 11 00L 


www.minolta-qms.com/ 
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CONNECTIVITY HARDWARE 

Check Point VPN-1 Gateway 


www.checkpoint.com 


Cisco VPN 3005 Concentrator 


www.cisco.com 


Linksys EtherFast 4-Port 
Cable/DSL Router BEFSR41 
SonicWall S0H02 


www.linksys.com 


www.sonicwall.com 


SonicWall TELE2 


www.sonicwall.com 


SonicWall XPRS2 


www.sonicwall.com 


WatchGuard S0H0 


www. watchguard. com 



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Altiris Deployment 
Server 5.1 

Norton Ghost 2002 



www.altiris.com 



www.symantec.com 



PCAnywhere 10.5 


www. Symantec, com 


SECURITY SOFTWARE 

BlacklCE Defender 2.9 


www.networkice.com 


eTrust InoculatelT 
for Windows 


www.ca.com 



Norton Antivirus Corporate 
Edition 7.6 for Small Business 
Tiny Personal Firewall 2.0 
ZoneAlarm 2.6 



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est security patches and service packs. 

Finally, any software-based VPN relies 
not only on the hardware underneath it, 
but also on the underlying operating 
system. A crash in a mission-critical 
VPN means downtime and lost produc- 
tivity. That said, configuring Windows 
2000 Server to act as a VPN server is 
straightforward . 

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traction in the marketplace. Cox Business 
Services offers managed VPN services over 
cable for $85 to $250 per month per site, 
depending on bandwidth levels. A speedy 
1.5mbps connection, for instance, costs $250 
per month. Cox installs NetScreen VPN /fire- 
wall appliances and manages the devices at 
both the central site and telecommuter loca- 
tions. The service is 
available only in a limit- 
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$1 ,200 GDD IT professionals will appreciate the GX1 50's precision design and 

manageability options. We recommend 256MB of RAM, a 20GB hard 
drive, a 17-inch monitor, and Windows 2000 Professional. 



$399 GOD This 1 5-inch flat panel offers good performance at a rock-bottom 

price. 

$944 CHID Outstanding features of this 1 7.4-inch flat panel include a wide viewing 

angle, two VGA ports, a portrait mode, and a fair price. 



$79 



CBBD Low consumables cost and the ability to work with either Macs 
or PCs make this inkjet an excellent choice for economy 
and versatility. Print speeds are 4ppm color and I 6ppm black. 
$99 #JIEO The C60 focuses on speed and quality, printing 8ppm color and 
(before $20 rebate) 12ppm black. It's a great value, 

$49 99 CSfD A basic unit ' tnis ink i et offers 600dpi, printing 2ppm color and 

up to 5ppm black. 

$799 99 €HfO It may be pricey, but this LaserJet delivers 1 9ppm, 1 ,200dpi, 

and automatic duplexing. 

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quality, and nice photo-quality output. 

$199 €Qf& The Z82 ! color printer/scanner/copier delivers 1 ,200dpi and good 

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$229 «1FH When print quality counts, you need a laser. This one delivers 

10ppm at 600dpi. Expandability options are limited, but the 
1100L offers professional-quality printing at a low price. 



$20,685 €BSM3 The Cadillac of VPN devices, the VPN-1 Gateway offers excellent 

and up logging and manageabHity. But it'll ..cost. you. 

$2,970 IHiD This is a great VPN client application, but it maxes out at 1 00 

simultaneous users ijanjd I isnl hardware-upgradable. 

$88 CQE0 Trouble-free, Web-based setup and a great feature set outweigh 

this cable/DSL router's s^ 

$412 (IQD This is a good hardware firewall for the home user, and it's centrally 

manageable if you purchase ^nicWall's management pla^^ 

$495 mriETii Upgradability is limited, but this desktop firewall provides excellent 

protection for very small remote offices with a LJianp^j..of employees.. 
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for e-mail, Web, or FTP servers. 

$445 for €HEO this out-of the-box solution works well via a broadband Internet 
1 users connection. It also works for branch offices connecting to headquarters. 



$490 for CHID This PC-management software clones computers, pushes 

10 users software updates to remote clients, and migrates PC settings— all 

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HE DESKTOP FIREWALL 

lthough a VPN 
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rate information, it's 
not completely secure. 
When a remote desktop 
is connected to the 
Internet, it's vulnerable 
to hacker attacks unless 
you install a firewall. 
Without one, a hacker 
can access a telecom- 
muter PC, take over its 
VPN session, and gain 
entry to your corporate 
network. Remote PCs 
are also vulnerable to 
Internet-borne threats 
such as Trojan horses, 
spy ware, and malicious 
worms. To prevent 
these types of attacks, 
you should install either 
a hardware or software 
firewall on every 
remote desktop. 

Hardware firewalls 
cost from $100 to $500, 
depending on features 
and centralized-manage- 
ment capabilities. If you 
can afford a little more, 
get a device that pro- 
vides stateful packet 
inspection to provide 
better safeguards for 
your network. Low-end 
devices deliver basic 
functionality, but offer 
no centralized-manage- 
ment capabilities. 
Though hardware-based 
Sonic Wall SOH02 or 
TELE2 and Watch- 
Guard SOHO are on the 



pricier side, they serve up the best protection. 
They also include remote-management capa- 
bilities and a VPN option that can tie you 
into the corporate LAN. If you're on a tight 
budget, consider offerings such as the 
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BEFSR41. 

An even lower-cost option is a software 
firewall. Several powerful software-based fire- 
walls are free, including Zone Labs' 
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Firewall. ZoneAlarm protects your PC with 
complete port blocking, and its "stealth mode" 
makes the PC invisible on the Internet, drasti- 
cally lessening its chances of being attacked. 
The free versions provide effective fire- 
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you want central-management functions 
you'll need to purchase ZoneAlarm Pro 2.6 
for $39.95 or Tiny Software's Centrally 
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The last step in preventing security hacks 
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repair infected files in real time. 

SMART PLANNING 

S \ successful telecommuting program 
( X% ) is a balance of education, technolo- 

\ / gy, and well-thought-out policies. 

You'll need to invest in the right technolo- 
gies and make sure your IT department is 
involved in the process. Also, closely exam- 
ine your security processes to make sure 
nothing is overlooked. 

A pilot program is a good way to ensure 
your solution works well before performing 
a mass deployment. Listen to your telecom- 
muters regularly through weekly teleconfer- 
ences, monthly get-togethers, and consistent 
written communications. 

Finally, maintain realistic expectations. 
Be pragmatic, and don't expect that half 
your staff will be telecommuting immedi- 
ately. You'll need to be careful in selecting 
the right type of worker. 

Do it right, and you'll save your com- 
pany money and boost employee morale — a 
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A RECENT COMMERCIAL FOR SOME AILING BROKERAGE HOUSE SHOWED 
a man rewinding old CNBC broadcasts from the "boom era" and crying softly as 
energetic newscasters cheered the NASDAQ's new 5,000-point high. Alice too 
began wishing she could live in the past, as dot-com after dot-com began sliding off the map 
and the Internet went from being a "legal wealth-creation machine" to a series of jokes, 
nasty cartoons, and, especially in San Francisco, a giant pink-slip-creation machine. 



Then, one day, an unassuming invitation 
arrived in the mail. A party, to be held in an 
old library in Berkeley instead of some 
$10-martini glitz bar south of Market Street, 
pointed the way back to what Alice was 
looking for: the Internet of olden days. 

When you think about it, the Web's easy- 
to-update format meant that unless you kept 
screenshots or archives of your favorite sites, 
they continually morphed and changed into 
completely different products. There were 
no reruns online, no older version playing 
over and over again in syndication some- 
where. Everything was live and updated, for 
better or worse. Alice's old alma 
mater CNET, for 
example, was a very 
different animal back in 
1996, yet Alice herself 
had no screenshots, no 
URL she could visit to 
view the body of 
work she completed 
way back when. 
(CNET Networks is 
Computer Shopper's 
parent company.) 

It was at this unassum- 
ing party miles from San Francisco where 
Alice found the Wayback Machine. 

Created by Alexa Internet, the Wayback 
Machine is a nearly complete archive of the 
Web from 1996 on. Simply type in your 
favorite URL, and the Wayback Machine 
serves up an index of pages beautifully 
frozen in time but preserved for an instant 
blast from the past. 




Alice especially enjoyed looking at the 
original Amazon.com, which merely fea- 
tured a few book tides and none of the tech- 
nical one-click advances that were to come. 
Even Yahoo, the site that seemed to change 
the least, was almost spartanly simplistic in 
1996. Alice was able to locate her long-lost 
"GameGirl" columns on CNET's old 
Gamecenter, as well as scores of other cre- 
ative features and staples from the '90s. 

Another great feature is the free Alexa 
Toolbar you can download and add to your 
browser. When you visit a Web site, the 
Alexa Toolbar displays the site's ranking 
according to its own index 
(AliceHill.com ranks a sad 
1,335,588 in popularity), 
as well as reviews users 
have left about the site. 
(Alice liked the five-star 
review posted by a "Bill" 
in New Jersey who said 
her site was "Better than 
CNET." Wasn't that nice?) 

The best thing about the 
Alexa Toolbar is that you 
can also click on the bar's 
Wayback Machine button 
to instantly launch the 
index page of each site's complete history. 
Visit eBay (rank 45), then click to see how 
much the current version has changed from 
the day it launched. Thanks to this wonder- 
ful archive of more than 100 terabytes of 
data, you can blast from the present to the 
past in a single click. 

One technical word of caution: The 



Wayback site is as buggy as a 286 running 
Windows 1.0. The bugs won't damage any- 
thing on your computer, but many of the 
URLs will work one day and stop working 
the next. Alice is also not sure how this giant 
project is funded, so she urges everyone to 
make use of this great gift from beyond. If 
you did work on the Web that's now lost, or 
simply want to visit some old favorites that 
are no longer with us, don't forget to make 
some backups of your own. 

Who knew the greatest lesson from the 
Internet age was about making backups? 
Almost comforting when you think about it. 
In many ways it's like 1996 all over again. 

You can find the Wayback Machine and 
free Alexa Toolbar at www.archive.org. 

UNFETTERED ACCESS 

The presence of the cherubs didn't really 
bother Bill. After all, February, Valentine's 
Day, little guys with bows and arrows — it all 
was part of the natural order of things. If 
only they weren't such techno-snobs. The 
first year they showed up with Internet- 
enabled cell phones. Then it was PDAs. This 
year, the Basement of Doom and Pepsi-Cola 
has become the meeting ground for cherubs 
toting Internet-enabled PDAs equipped with 
GPS and cell-phone modules. 

'They're great," gushed one cherub. "We 
can download our new assignments, upload 
our completed assignments, browse the 
Internet, and hot-sync with the Cupid LAN 
when we're in the office, too." 

"Ever worry about passing a computer 
virus?" asked Bill, taking a tug on a bottle of 
his favorite brown carbonated beverage. 

"No, not at all. The Cupid LAN has a 
great firewall. Nothing can get through it." 

"You have a firewall when you're flutter- 
ing around your desk and you hot-sync?" 

"Well, no, I don't think we do." 

Bill just shrugged as he blew through 
the straw and added his own bubbles. 
Unmanaged forays into a LAN are never 
very good for network health. It's a hot-sync 
time bomb. And with the number of 
Internet-enabled PDAs on the rise, the 
problem isn't going to go away on its own. 

THE HEART OF XP LICENSING CONFUSION 

Now that Microsoft has decided to aggres- 
sively enforce its single-use license, some folk 
are getting upset. In fairness to Microsoft (a 
courtesy it doesn't often extend to us), you 
never really buy software — any software, not 
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right to use it. Usually, that's a one-person, 
one-system license. If you want to put it on a 
^■roivdi computer, technically you need to 
pay for a second license. Now you under- 
stand why people are getting upset. It's that 
enforcement thing. 

One of the billions of "Hard Edge" read- 
ers wrote to Bill about that very issue, and 
Bill responded with the above information. 
The reader then wrote to Microsoft for a 
final opinion and got this response: 

"Hello and thank you for contacting us at 
Microsoft.com. The licensing agreement for 
Microsoft Windows products is one license per 
computer. Therefore, to install a Windows 
product legally on a second computer, you 
must purchase a second license that comes 
with a separate copy of the product. 
Exceptions include laptops used as a person's 
second computer. " 

Seems a little confusing. What if you 
have what's technically called a portable, 
but it never leaves the office? In practice, 
that becomes a desktop. On the other hand, 
what about something like IBM's X series of 
computers, which are inherently trans- 
portable and, except for battery power, offer 
the same, if not better, features than a 
portable — would they be covered? What if 
you own three laptops for personal use? 

This may all be moot. The Microsoft 
licensing FAQ (www. microsoft, com / USA / 
greaterpa/ licensing/ faq.asp) contains the 
following question and answer: 

4. Can I make a second copy of my operating 
system software, such as Windows 98, for my 
home, work, or portable computer? 

No. The right to make a second copy of a 
Microsoft software product only applies to some 
application products and not to operating system 
software. 

On the surface, it would seem whoever 
responded to the reader's inquiry (for all we 
know it could have been an automated 
response) was a bit confused between an 
application-product license and an operating- 
system license. It may also be Microsoft 
changed its policy for XP without updating 
its FAQ. Neither is beyond the realm of 
possibility when it comes to Microsoft. 

This, too, may be moot. If reader 
response is any indication, most of you 
either won't touch XP or have uninstalled it 
and put it away in a dark drawer because 
once you open the software you can't return 



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it. (Microsoft would like to thank you for 
that donation to its legal fund.) Bill (our Bill) 
is looking into it. Film at 1 1 . 

XP: THE AFTERMATH 

Ever wonder what the most-often-seen reply 
from customer service is about a product 
that no longer works under XP? Try this: 

" We regret to inform you that the <insert 
product name> you own does not have an 
updated driver for Windows XP. According to our 
head office, the <insert product name> will 



You never really buy 
software— any software, 
not just Microsoft code. 
You only purchase the 
right to use it. 



not have any further development on the XP 
driver due to limited resources and many < insert 
product name> having outdated components. 
Therefore, we will not be able to provide any type 
of technical support on the < insert product 
name> for usage under Windows XP. " 

MAKING LEMONADE 

One of the lower-level near-disasters that 
came about as a result of the September 1 1 
atrocities was the loss of days and days of 
data, some quite critical to e-commerce. 
Despite backup facilities, many companies 
followed the old tape regimen and stored 
copies in the cabinet down the hall. That 
works fine if the hard drive goes south, but 
it's hardly a solution if the closet — and the 
hall — goes with it. 

When life hands you lemons, your only 
real choice is to modify your business plan — 
and your attitude. We hope that's what we'll 
be seeing in the tech sector, as companies try 
to plan ahead in case of future crises. 

One thing is mandatory: offsite backup. 
We don't mean just shipping tapes or discs to 
another location at the end of the day or 
week. Real-time offsite backup — preferably 
to multiple locations — is the only option for 
true data integrity, something extremely 
important for e-commerce operations. 

Naturally, like any good need, it offers 
business opportunities to collateral-equip- 
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additional cottage industries. Whether the 
transfer is cabled or via satellite, someone 
must supply the equipment to get the data 
from site A to site B and C. The data must be 
secured along the way and, at the end of the 
day, the backup site must be able to offload 
the data into a more traditional backup for- 
mat. Routers, switches, firewalls, servers, 
drives, and don't forget space, the final fron- 
tier, in which to house everything — they're 
all part of the equation. 

If the tech sector hasn't gotten its needed 
kick in the pants before then, we hope this 
new round of needs will jump-start it back to 
being productive and <gasp!> profitable. 

IBM'S BLUE TACO 

All right, it's not a blue taco. But you would 
understand Bill's confusion if you also read 
the header on IBM's Web site that pro- 
claimed, "T560 15.0INLCD 15.0V BL TCO." 
It's stealth black, it's called the Model T560, 
it's a new 15-inch LCD panel from IBM, and 
it's way Mondo Cool. 

Regular readers will be startled. Alice and 
Bill haven't bestowed a Mondo Cool award 
on a product in quite a while — they've all 
been mostly mondo mediocre. But the T560 
is just too sexy to be anything but cool. It 
tilts, it folds, it's supplied with Pivot Pro 
software, and you can hang it on your wall. 

The excellent picture quality is a given — 
we wouldn't have brought it up if that basic 
quality wasn't there. It's also priced low at 
$539 direct. That's an amazingly low price 
for an IBM product. 

Bill gets to hold onto it for another 
month, so you'll probably hear more. It will 
be interesting to see what comparisons he 
can draw between the IBM T560 and the 
multibillion-dollar SGI 1600SW display. 
Certainly, the essence of how he feels about 
SGI in general (not good at all) will creep in. 
But Bill has always been mostly fair. Usually. 

GETTING CLOSE 

Alice and Bill are just months away from cel- 
ebrating their 1 0-year anniversary writing 
'The Hard Edge." So start ironing that nice 
crisp ten-spot you're going to send them, and 
practice up by dropping them a line to let 
them know what's on your mind. 

"The Hard Edge" 

Computer Shopper 

28 E. 28th St., 10th Fl. 

New York, NY 10016-7922 

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One of the greatest pluses of digital photography is 
being able to view and share images electronically. But 
sooner or later you may want to print your master- 
pieces, whether to create greeting cards, maintain 
photo albums, or send photos to your last remaining 
e-mail-challenged friends and family members. We'll 
show you how to generate spectacular color prints using an 
inexpensive photo printer and image-editing software. 

Color laser and dye-sublimation printers do a decent job of 
creating color proofs and prints, but six-color inkjet printers — 
also known as photo printers — are the best choice for photo- 
graphic output. They deliver better dynamic range, detail, and 
saturation than color lasers, and sharper output than dye-subs. 
They're also the least expensive choice, particularly in terms of 
initial cost. 

Typical inkjet printers use four colors — cyan, magenta, yel- 
low, and black. Six-color photo printers add lighter cyan and yel- 
low to produce a wider dynamic range of color. For this Tune- 
Up, we chose the Epson Stylus Photo 820. It offers extraordi- 
nary image quality on a range of media for a reasonable price 
($149 direct). 

1 CHOOSE YOUR CONNECTION 
Setting up your printer is a simple mat- 
ter of following the manufacturer's 
instructions; they're 
usually clear and simple. 
Most photo printers, 
including the Epson 
Stylus Photo 820, use 
two cartridges: one for 
black, and one for the 
remaining five colors. 

If you're given a choice 
between a USB or parallel 
connection, and your PC 
has an available USB port, go 
with USB. It will ease installation and 
configuration, because you can add and remove 
USB peripherals on the fly. What's more, your sys- 
tem will automatically detect any connected USB 





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peripherals. 

2 INSTALL THE DRIVER SOFTWARE 
Installing the printer's driver software should require 
little more than inserting the disc when prompted by 
your installation instructions or, if you've used a USB 
connection, by the system itself. 

Your printer will likely come with some extra software, such 
as simple cataloging utilities and photo editors. If you can spare 
the disk space and don't mind the clutter, go ahead and explore 
such applications. But bear in mind that most lack the power 
and flexibility of a solution such as Adobe Photoshop 6.0 or its 
more mainstream sibling, Photoshop Elements. In short, if 
you've already committed to an image-editing solution, refrain 
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3 CALIBRATE YOUR MONITOR 
Taking a few minutes to calibrate your monitor every now 
and then is a good idea even if you don't need full color man- 
agement. (See the sidebar "Seeing Red — Blue, Yellow, and 
Black.") TVvis will help you set your display's brightness and contrast to 
a level appropriate for working with images in typical lighting. A pack- 
age such as Photoshop Elements includes a decent color-management 
system called Adobe Gamma. 

In Control Panel, double-click the Adobe Gamma icon. Choose 
the wizard and follow the onscreen instructions, accepting the default 
choices if you aren't sure of a correct value or answer. When you get 
to the screen with the gray box and slider, uncheck the View Single 
Gamma Only option to get separate sliders for red, green, and blue, 
and follow the onscreen instructions. For desired gamma, choose the 
Windows default of 2.20. After you click Finish, Gamma will prompt 
you to save the resulting profile. Accept the default name. 

Tip: When working 
with Adobe Gamma's 
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Most cameras store images as JPEG files, which lose quality 
every time you resave them. To avoid degrading image quali- 
ty as you edit your images, save each image in a format such 
as TIFF or Photoshop's PSD as a first editing step. Both formats retain 
all pixel information each time you save the file. In Elements, select 
File > Save As and select Photoshop (*.psd, *.pdd) as the format. 
Tip: Using the above technique, you can think of your original JPEG 
file as a digital "negative." To be certain you never corrupt this negative 
file, lock it by right-clicking on its icon in Windows Explorer and 
selecting Properties, then Read-only. 

5 PREP FOR PRINTING 
Before you print your images, you'll probably want to do 
some basic image editing, a topic we covered in last 
December's Tune-Up ("Images in a Flash," p. 200). As a 
quick refresher, you'll want to crop, adjust contrast and color balance, 
and sharpen your images, in that order. 

If you're not accustomed to thinking about image resolution and 
print size, specifying the size of your prints may be a challenge. Keep 
in mind the print will consist of a certain number of pixels (referred to 
as the image's size and resolution); how large the image prints 
depends on how closely those pixels will be spaced when printed. 

To begin, select Image > Resize > Image Size. Change the resolu- 
tion to a value appropriate for print by unchecking the Resample 
Image box to instruct Elements not to create or delete any pixel val- 
ues. Then enter 240 in the Resolution field. Though not the only cor- 
rect value, a resolution of about 240 is optimal for today's photo print- 
ers, despite the much higher resolution of the printers themselves. 
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rinters can't 
reproduce 
every color a 
monitor can 
display, but 
by investing 
some time 
setting up 
color man- 
agement, 
you can reduce the often 
aggravating differences 
between what you see 
onscreen and what you 
get on paper. The result 
may be nicer-looking 
prints. 

Photoshop Elements 
contains a capable color- 
management system based 
on standards developed 
by the International Color 
Consortium (ICC). To 
ensure that your display 
and printer produce 
roughly the same colors, 
your PC needs to under- 
stand your printer's color- 
generating characteristics, 
or ICC profile. 

Photo printers such as 
the Epson Stylus Photo 
820 ship with ICC profiles 
that install automatically 
with the printer's driver; 
most monitors do not. 
Professionals with critical 
color-matching needs 
often invest in expensive 
hardware tools that help 
them build accurate ICC 
profiles for specific moni- 
tors. For the rest of us, a 
software- based calibration 



tool such as Adobe 
Gamma is adequate. 
(See step 3.) 

Once you've calibrated 
your monitor, enable color 
management within 
Elements by choosing Edit 
> Color Settings. In the 
Color Settings dialog box, 
select "Full color manage- 
ment — optimized for 
print." When you save 
your images in the future, 
use File > Save As and 
check ICC Profile to save 
the file as a color-man- 
aged image. 

To complete setup of 
the color-management 
system, select File > Print 
Preview and click the 
Show More Options but- 
ton at the bottom of the 
dialog box. Change the 
Output value to Color 
Management, and select 
your printer and paper 
type from the drop-down 
list within Print Space. Set 
Intent to Perceptual, and 
click OK. 

For best results, you 
may need to disable your 
printer's color manage- 
ment. With the Stylus 
Photo 820, go to the 
Properties dialog and click 
the Custom button in the 
Mode section of the Main 
tab. Then click the 
Advanced button and 
choose No Color 
Adjustment in the Color 
Management section. 








width and height shown in the middle of the Image Size dialog. 
These are the dimensions at which the image will print given the 
current image size and a resolution of 240. If these dimensions 
aren't what you need, change them by specifying either the height 
or width of the format you want (5 for width if you want a 5-by-7 
print, for instance). It's likely the other dimension won't turn out 
to be exactly what you want. If you need a precise size, enter 
each dimension until you find the measurement that makes the 
other dimension larger (5 by 7.3 inches, for instance, rather than 
4.79 by 7). Then you can trim off the extra three-tenths of an inch 
using either Elements or a more low-tech method, like scissors. 
To trim within Elements, choose Image > Resize > Canvas Size, 
and specify the exact dimensions you need. Once you click OK, 
Elements will warn you that clipping will occur. Click OK again 
to finish trimming the image. 



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300, leave well enough alone. If not, you'll need to resample. 
Click Resample Image to enter a check mark and then specify 240 
as the resolution again. This forces the software to interpolate (or 
eliminate) pixel values to get it back to that 240 resolution while 
keeping it to the dimensions you specified. Now the image has 
the right dimensions and the right resolution. 

Tip: When trimming 
your image by adjust- 
ing canvas size, use the 
Anchor control to 
specify where to trim 
the excess pixels. 




Set image resolution to 
about 240 pixels for 
printing, then adjust the 
image dimensions. 



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You're finally ready to see the results of your efforts. The 
paper you choose will greatly affect these results. Most com- 
puter stores and shopping sites are chock-full of paper choic- 
es; to narrow it down, select paper designed for your printer's make. 
Manufacturers such as Canon, Epson, and HP sell a wide range of 
media for their printers, and using these papers — or others specifically 
formulated for the inks your printer uses — delivers the best results. 

You can print on regular copy paper, but you won't like what you 
see. Colors will be flat and washed out, and the paper may warp and 
wrinkle. For that straight-from-the-photo-lab look, glossy paper is 
your best bet. But it costs more, and it often produces a higher- 
contrast image, meaning lighter, subtler shades may turn dark. 

For Epson printers, it's hard to beat Epson's own heavyweight 
matte paper for cost and image quality. One of Epson's least expen- 
sive papers, heavyweight matte also produces beautiful colors; it's 
slightly thicker than most paper and offers excellent archival qualities. 
If you want lots of 4-by-6 images and your printer has a roll feeder 
(the Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX has one), roll paper is a good choice. 
It lets you quickly print out a series of borderless 4-by-6 prints that 
don't require trimming, aside from cutting the series of images apart. 



It's also great for printing 
large panorama shots. 

To save paper, you can 
print more than one 
image on a page using one 
of Elements' batch fea- 
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Once you've made your paper selection, you're ready to 
print. To begin configuring your print job, click the Setup 
button, make sure your photo printer is selected, and click 
Properties. Be sure to choose the appropriate paper type. If you're 
using Epson heavyweight matte paper, for instance, select that from 
the Media Type pop-up menu. Selecting the wrong paper type can 
result in a print that bears little resemblance to what you expected. 

You'll also need to choose the printer's resolution; this differs from 
the print resolution you set in step 5. Epson photo printers typically 
offer two resolutions: 1,440dpi and 2,880dpi. You'd be hard-pressed to 
discern any difference between the two, but the higher resolution uses 
much more ink, so go with 1 ,440. Finally, click OK to print. 

Don't be surprised if getting a print that looks good takes a few 
tries. If colors aren't what you expected, double-check your media 
selection. Assuming your paper settings are correct, try changing your 
printer's color-management values, disabling color management alto- 
gether, or even enabling color management within Elements. (See the 
sidebar "Seeing Red — Blue, Yellow, and Black.") If tinkering with set- 
tings doesn't help, or you'd simply prefer to do it your way, try experi- 
menting with hue/ saturation /lightness levels. In Elements, choose 
Enhance > Color > Hue /Saturation. 

Tip: To save money, do a test print on plain paper before you load the 
expensive stuff. You won't be able to tell much about colors from the 
plain-paper version — the premium-paper prints will look much 
different — but you'll at least be able to catch any sizing problems. ▼ 




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printers, learn more about 
color management, or sim- 
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plenty of Web sites are 
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(www.cnet. com) and 
CNET Shopper, com (www.shopper.com) 
are good places to to research printers 
and check prices. (CNET Networks is 
Computer Shopper's parent company.) 

For information on a variety of digital- 
imaging topics, try the Kodak Digital 
Learning Center (www.kodak.com/US/ 
en/digital/ die) , Adobe Systems (www. 
adobe.com) , the Imaging Resource 



(www.imagingresource. com), Digital 
Camera Magazine (www.digicamera. 
com), and Inkjet Art Solutions (www. 
inkjetart.com). 

For how-to information on printing 
specifically with Epson photo and inkjet 
models, try the DigitalDarkroom@ 
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you may have to sift through some dated 
information, though. Computer Darkroom 
(www.computer-darkroom.co.uk) offers 
lots of information on printing and image 
editing, mostly with Adobe Photoshop. 

Good starting points for color-manage- 
ment information include Adobe's pages 
on ICC color management (www.adobe. 



com i print i prodzone/ color mgt. html), 
Apple's ColorSync pages (www.apple. 
com/colorsync) , and The Digital Dog, 
which includes color-management tips 
(www. digitaldog.net/tips.html) . 

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For everything from paper to custom 
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Associates Inkjet Supplies (www. 
inksupply.com) , Inkjetmall. com 
(www.inkjetmaff.com), and Global 
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Printer manufacturers' Web sites are 
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THUMBTHING'S MISSING 

Dear Alfred: 

Is there any software that can enlarge 
thumbnail images without losing the clarity? 

George Smith 

In the movies, you often see some techni- 
cian magnify a pixelated image and miracu- 
lously enhance it to reveal a license-plate 
number or other critical piece of informa- 
tion. In the real world, there's no way to 
create information where none exists. 
When you reduce an image to a thumbnail, 
you throw away information in the process. 
Imagine you've reduced a photo to a single 
block of color. No matter how you enlarge 
that block, you're never going to recover 
the original image. A thumbnail contains 
less information than the original, so it 
loads faster and takes up less screen real 
estate. The trade-off for smaller file size is 
lost information. 

CRYPTIC MESSAGES 
Dear Alfred: 

How can I find out what Windows error 
messages mean in plain English? 

Eric Quiles 

Even if you don't believe in the supernatur- 
al, it often seems you need a medium to 
understand Windows error messages. All 
those hexadecimal values and the arcane 
syntax imply there's valuable information 
to be had, if only you knew how to divine 
its significance. 

Even if you could, it may not help you 
diagnose the problem. In my experience, 
many error messages are unrelated to the 
cause. A problem with your graphics 
adapter's driver, for instance, may cause an 
error in Windows Explorer, but the error 
message won't indicate your graphics 
adapter is involved. 

I like to search for information based on 
the text of the message and hope I can find 
some insight into the root cause. One of the 
best sources of such information is the 



Knowledge Base on Microsoft's support site 
(search.support. microsoft, com /kb/c.asp) . 
Search for the error message, and you're like- 
ly to retrieve some good information on its 
cause and how to troubleshoot the problem. 
If this fails to point to a solution, try the 
Web, using a good search engine such as 
Google (www.google.com). You may find a 
post from someone who's had a similar 
problem. 

In the real world, 
there's no way to 
create information 
where none exists. 
When you reduce 
an image to a 
thumbnail, you throw 
away information in 
the process. 



NOT-SO-PHAT FLOPPY 

Dear Alfred: 

Yve been shopping for a new motherboard, 
and I'm finding that some onboard floppy con- 
trollers support both 1.44MB and 2.88MB floppy 
drives. I've never seen a 2.88MB floppy disk. 
Who makes them, and where can I get one? 

Joe Plett 

The 2.88MB floppy is a dead branch of 
the storage-evolution tree. Toshiba 
developed the technology in the late 
'80s; Sony also made the drives. Dubbed 
extra-high density (EHD), the drives had 
twice the data density of standard 1.44MB 
high-density drives. 

As hard drive capacities quickly out- 



stripped floppies as practical backup media, 
even doubling the floppy's capacity couldn't 
save them. As a result, EHD drives never 
caught on, nor did Imation's SuperDisk, 
with its 120MB capacity, for the same 
reason. 

Today's drive sizes make even 250MB 
backup media impractical. It would take 80 
of Iomega's 250MB Zip disks to back up a 
full 20GB hard drive. And because CD-R 
and CD-RW discs, at 650MB, aren't much 
larger, it seems the only practical large- 
capacity formats are DVD-R, DVD-RAM, 
and streaming tape. 

So the 2.88MB drive is not only gone, 
but probably best forgotten. 

WHy FRy THE POWER SUPPLy? 

Dear Alfred: 

Twice in the past five months, my friend's 
computer has required a new power supply. I 
checked out the second unit after it failed, and 
discovered an internal fuse had blown. My theo- 
ry is that voltage swings in her electrical service 
are causing thefiise to give out. How can I find 
out if this is the problem? 

Matt Bucko 

Unless lightbulbs are constantly burning 
out in your friend's house, I suspect over- 
voltage is not the problem. One easy way 
to check would be to get a power strip 
with surge protection and a circuit break- 
er. If the problem stops, or if the breaker 
keeps tripping, there may indeed be a 
power problem. 

But in the absence of such evidence, 
I'm more inclined to suspect an intermit- 
tent short somewhere in the computer 
itself. Check to see that insulated standoffs 
are used to mount the motherboard to 
the case. Also make sure the motherboard 
isn't bending and making contact with the 
bottom of the case. If it is, try placing a 
sheet of thin cardboard between the 
motherboard and the case to act as an 
electrical insulator. 

GRAINy GRAPHICS 

Dear Alfred: 

My system crashed, and I used my rescue 
disks to reboot. I've reinstalled Windows 98, but 
now my graphics are grainy and use few colors, 
and my wallpaper is unrecognizable. Please tell 
me this is just a setting problem and that I 
haven't blown out some hardware. 

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The good news is you probably haven't 
damaged any hardware. You probably just 
need to change some settings to get things 
back to where they should be. 

Right-click on any open part of your 
desktop and select Properties. Under the 
Settings tab, make sure your display and 
graphics adapter are listed correctly on the 
Display line. If they are, simply increase the 
Colors and Screen Area to the desired set- 
tings. Because higher color depths can 
affect display performance, I don't recom- 
mend you use more colors than you need; 
16-bit color should be sufficient for most 
users. 

If either your graphics adapter or display 
is not listed correctly, select the Advanced 
button at the bottom of the window and 
use the Change button under the Adapter 
and Monitor tabs to configure your system 
to use the right drivers for your hardware. 
You should then be able to change 
the color and resolution. 



separate save step. 

Also, if you want a certain item to 
appear before others despite its spelling, 
rename it with a punctuation character that 
appears at the start of the name. By using 
the tilde (~), you can make "-Computer 
Cures" the first item on your Favorites list, 
ahead of 'Alphabet Sites" or other entries. 

GETTING IDES TO MARCH 

Dear Alfred: 

My computer won't recognize my internal 
Zip drive. When I plug in the IDE cable, the sys- 
tem won't boot up at all What could be wrong? 

Shawn McDonald 

If there is another device on the same IDE 
cable, make sure one device is configured 
as master, the other as slave. If the mas- 
ter/slave settings are correct, or if the Zip 
drive is the only device on the cable, then 



the most likely cause of the problem is 
that the ribbon data cable isn't connected 
properly. If you look closely, you'll see that 
one edge of the cable is colored, usually 
red or blue. This colored edge marks the 
part of the cable that should be connected 
to pin 1 on the drive and on the IDE inter- 
face, which may be on the motherboard or 
on a separate expansion card. 

Look for a silk-screened " 1 " near the 
connector on the motherboard or expan- 
sion card. Make sure the colored edge of 
the cable is plugged into that end of the 
connector. On the drive, make sure the 
colored edge of the cable lines up with the 
pin 1 side of the 40-pin interface. 

If this doesn't resolve the problem, try 
using a different IDE cable. Check for bent 
pins on the connectors at either end. If all 
else fails, the drive itself may be defective, 
and you may need to repair or replace it. ▼ 



THE ABCs OF REARRANGING 
FAVORITES 

Dear Alfred: 

My Favorites list in Internet 
Explorer isn't in alphabetical order. 
Dragging the items around to put them 
in the right place takes a long time. 
Is there an easier way? 

Jim Holihan 

With Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 
and later, you can do this with a few 
mouse clicks. Select Favorites from 
the top menu, and right-click on any 
item. Choose the Sort by Name 
option in the pop-up menu. This 
technique also works with the Start 
menu and Documents list in 
Windows 98 Second Edition or later. 

If you have Internet Explorer 
4.x, you 'U need to edit the Registry 
to alphabetize your Favorites list. 
Use REGEDIT or any other 
Registry editor to find 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ 
Sofv*j?rt^\M\cTosoft \ Windows \ 
CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ 
MenuOrder\ Favorites \ Menu. Then 
find the value labeled Order and 
delete that item. Be very careful 
when using REGEDIT, because it 
has no undo feature. All changes 
take place immediately without a 



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CD-Rs are a great way to back up files. 
They're inexpensive — sometimes less than 50 
cents apiece — and almost any CD drive can 
read them. But beware: 
There's a hidden prob- 
lem that may catch some 
users off guard. This 
month's tipster shows 
how to get around it. 




Dear Alfred: 

I just discovered that 
files backed up to CD-R 
and subsequently saved 
back to the hard drive 
become read-only. I found 
out the hard way when I 
saved a Web page to CD-R, 
copied it to my hard drive, and tried to open it in 
FrontPage. 

Fortunately, there's an easy fix. Open 
Windows Explorer and right-click on the filename. 
Select Properties, and uncheck the Read-only check- 
box in the Attributes section. 

You can also change the attribute for many 
files simultaneously. Open a DOS window, 
and switch to the root directory of your drive. 
Use the following command to reset all read-only 
files on the disk: ATTRIB -r /s /d. 

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out what caused it. 

You can also see your files' attributes in 

Windows Explorer. In Windows 98, select 

View, then Details. The rightmost column 

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attributes set for that file. 
"R" indicates read-only sta- 
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"S" means the file is a sys- 
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to folders as well as files. 
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with a wide variety of formats. 




KENWOOD HTB-504 

Home Theater Audio System 
Removable 64 MagicGate Memory 
Stick Media provides up to 1 20 min- 
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SONY DCR-PC1 1 DV CAMCORDER DV Camcorder 

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CANON REBEL 2000 KIT 

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PENTAX ZX30 QD 

SLR Camera Kit w/ 35-80mm Lens and 
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Features 3.34 Megapixel CCD with true (non-interpolated) image res- 
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A Solid CD-RW Drive 

For Under Two Bills 

Speeds seem to increase overnight when it comes to CD-RW drives. We 
found some good ones, both internal and external, for less than $200. 




BY ALICE HILL 

EWRITABLE CD-ROM DRIVES 
are a great way to burn your own 
custom music CDs, back up your 
data, and free your hard drive of large files 
such as digital pictures. Many new PCs ship 
with CD-RW drives, but most older systems 
are sadly missing out. 

Janet and Steve Tinkler's first PC was a 
good deal, but they skipped buying a lot 
of extras. "We had no idea if we'd need a 
scanner or a Webcam, so we kept things 
pretty basic," Janet recalls. Now, a year 
later, they've decided being able to create 
custom CDs from their downloaded 
music collection, as well as "greatest hits" 
CDs from their own music library, would 
be a great new use for their PC. 

The couple was very clear about two 
things. First, although both work as engi- 
neers for Motorola, they wanted a CD-RW 
that would be brain-dead simple to install. A 
CD-RW drive for under $200 with easy-to- 
use software was in line with the couple's 
needs. As Janet put it, "We just want to have 
fun making a few CDs for our commutes to 
work." 

Second, Steve wants to use the drive to 
make backups of their financial files, digital 
photos, and important programs. "I hate 
making backups, so if this drive can make 
that easier, I'd like to include that 
feature in our require- 
ments list," he says. 
An external drive 
would offer the 
Tinklers the ultimate in 
ease of installation, but when 
attached to a USB port, its 
write speed would max 
out at 4x. Faster USB 2.0 ports will likely be 
on the next system the Tinklers buy, but so 
will an internal CD-RW drive. We decided to 
search for speedy internal drives that offer 
the easiest installation, as well as not-as-fast 
externals that made it under the $200 price 
ceiling. In both categories we also looked for 
a useful assortment of bundled software. 



Most CD-RW drives tout three speeds: 
write (often referred to as recording or burn- 
ing), rewrite, and read. A 16x/10x/40x drive 
can write to CD-Rs at 16x, write or rewrite 
to CD-RWs at lOx, and read discs at up to 
40x. Because the Tinklers' primary interest is 
in burning music CDs, the first number is 
most important for them. 

► CHALLENGE 



USER PROFILE 




Iomega CD-RW Predator USB 



Janet and Steve Tinkler, engineers 
from Phoenix, Ariz. 



COMPUTING NEEDS 



An under-5200 CD-RW drive that installs 
easily and comes with useful software for 
making music compilations, disc labels, and 
data backups 



The speediest internal drive we 
found for under $200 was the TDK 
24/10/40 VeloCD Re Writer, available at 
Buy.com (www.buy.com) for $134.95 
(before a $10 rebate). The 24x-writing drive 
offers BURN-Proof technology, now com- 
mon among faster drives to prevent buffer- 
underrun errors that result in wasted CDs. 
Installation is easy, thanks to an assort- 
ment of helpful materials in the box, includ- 
ing an IDE cable, mounting screws, a foldout 
guide, and a videotape. The 
bundled software is a good 
mix, including TDK 
Digital MixMaster for han- 
dling day-to-day music man- 
agement, Musicmatch Jukebox for 
making MP3 and Windows Media 
Audio (WMA) files, Adobe 
ActiveShare for sharing images 
via e-mail or the Web, and Adobe Acrobat 
Reader for reading the manuals. 

Yamaha's 20x/ 10x/40x CRW2200EZ also 
offered a nice blend of features and perfor- 
mance for the price. It's also well-packaged 
for beginners. Even though it's an internal 
drive, the thorough installation documenta- 
tion and tons of extras make up for having to 




break out the screwdriver. And everything 
you need is in the box, including label-mak- 
ing software and starter labels, Musicmatch 
Jukebox, and a good backup utility. The drive 
incorporates its version of buffer-underrun 
protection called Safe Burn. We found the 
Yamaha at A2Z Computers (www.a2zcomp. 
com) for $159. 

A little higher on the price scale was HP's 
CD-Writer DVD Combo 9900ci. Although, 
at 12x, the HP records a little slower than 
both the Yamaha and the TDK, the unit dou- 
bles as a DVD-ROM drive. The Tinklers 
didn't mention wanting to watch DVDs on 
their PC, but it's a nice extra. 

HP bundles everything you need to get 
started, including a pair of blank discs and an 
array of software. Setup and installation of 
this internal unit is meticulously explained, 
and you can find additional technical support 
on HP's CD- Writer Web site (www. 
hpcdwriter.com). HP sells the unit directly for 
$199.99, but we found it on the eCost.com 
site (www.ecost.com) for $169.99. 

Our final contender was Iomega's CD- 
RW Predator USB. At 4x write, it's slower 
than an internal, but it offers the ultimate in 
easy installation. Simply plug the unit into 
your USB port, run the installation software, 
and you're ready go. 

The unit looks great and ships with a 
decent amount of software, including 

Roxio's Easy CD 
SOLUTION Creatorand 

DirectCD, 
Musicmatch 
Jukebox Plus, 
Adobe 

ActiveShare, and 
Iomega's own 
QuikSync backup 
software. 
If the 
Tinklers don't 
mind a bit of 
simple, well- 
explained instal- 
lation, they 
should go with a much speedier internal 
drive, such as the TDK 24/10/40 VeloCD 
Re Writer. But if they're adamant about not 
cracking open the case, we recommend the 
Iomega CD-RW Predator USB. It sells direct 
for $199.95, before a $30 mail-in rebate. ▼ 

If you want help making a smart buying 
decision, e-mail the Buying Advisor at 
buying_advisor@cnet.com. 



THE 

ADVISOR'S 

CHOICE 



If it were all about speed, 
the $134.95 TDK 24/10/40 
VeloCD ReWriter would finish 
first. But because ease of 
installation was the Tinkler's 
top priority, we'd have to 
recommend the $199.95 
Iomega CD-RW Predator USB. 



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Mac Hardware and Software 176 

Direct PC Vendors 178 

Online Coupons and Deals 178 

PC Resources 180 

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aberdeeninc.com 

Targeting savvy consumers, Aberdeen features 
extensive specs on a wide variety of peripherals and 
accessories. The catalog of motherboards spans nine 
major manufacturers and includes a side-by-side 
comparison tool. 

accessmicro.com 

Access Micro stocks tons of items ranging from 
broadband routers to complete desktop systems. The 
help desk and hardware guide provide aid to first- 
time visitors, and the clearance area offers returned 
items and old inventory for below wholesale cost. 

allcabies.com 

Plug it in and hook it up at AHCables, which sells 
fiber-optic cables, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cables, print- 
er cables, power cables — cables of every descrip- 
tion. Most include a lifetime replacement warranty. 

allstarshop.com 

The Allstar Microelectronics catalog of PC 
accessories includes graphics cards, motherboards, 
and peripherals. The selection in some categories is 
modest, but prices are reasonable, and you'll find an 
ample amount of information about each product. 

batteriesdirect.com 

Empower yourself! Batteries Direct sells batteries 
for laptops, camcorders, and portable phones, as 
well as AC adapters for portable computers. If the 



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kids' toys are running on empty, check out the 
selection of rechargeable nickel-metal-hydride 
batteries in sizes ranging from AAA to D. 

blackbox.com 

Get connected! Specializing in network products, 
Black Box's extensive catalog of storage, cabling, 
and surge-protection products — plus many other 
connectivity accessories — can be viewed online or off. 

buy.com 

Buy.com's vast million-product inventory includes 
computer hardware, software, electronics, video 
games, books, music, and DVDs. Shoppers will find 
informative pages that make choosing the right 
peripheral painless. 

buycase.com 

Banish the boring beige box forever! Colorcase 
offers more than 60 unusual computer cases, 
including translucent-plastic, aluminum, mirrored, 



and "character" cases. (Be sure to check out the 
doggy- and kitty-shaped cases.) 

buydig.com 

A site for shovels and trowels? No, BuyDig.Com 
offers digital tools and gadgets, including digital 
cameras, fax machines, PDAs, DVD players, and 
video-capture devices. 

www.buyuptime.com 

BuyUptime.com's protection and security 
inventory includes uninterruptible power supplies 
and accessories, batteries, and power-distribution 
units. The selection ranges from simple surge 
protectors to industrial transformers. 

cabiemax.com 

CableMax will get you more wired than a 
double-strength espresso. The company 
manufactures and sells cables of all types. In 
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players, and surround-sound setups. 

The site's online catalog goes beyond the call 
of duty by serving up niche products. You'll find a 
selection of DJ gear, as well as car electronics 
items such as radar detectors, GPS navigation 
systems, and CB radios. Home-office equipment, 
appliances, and personal-care products round out 
the selection. 

The well-organized site is a pleasure to 
navigate. One standout section, the easily searchable Battery Central, makes it easy to track down 
portable power for your laptop, camcorder, or cell phone. The Rebate Center is also handy, with a 
concise listing of special incentives from manufacturers. Best of all, however, is the return policy. 
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test equipment. 

cablestogo.com 

Cables To Go sells every conceivable cable 
you might need for your PC, from standard 
SCSI to esoteric system-specific cables. You'll 
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The U.S-owned and -based CD-Recordable Factory 

Store actually manufactures the discs it sells. This 
easy-to-navigate site stocks a massive variety of 
CD-R discs, including colorless and tinted media, 
plus disc-packaging and -storage accessories. 

cdw.com 

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tf a beautiful PC case stops you in your tracks, visit 
Circo Technology, which offers a large selection of 
attractive and functional cases. For the maximum in 
upgradability, check out the roomy "cube" cases. 

compgeeks.com 

Revenge of the nerds, indeed! Shop the Computer 
Geeks Discount Outlet for new, discontinued, and 
refurbished computer gear. It's a trove for the do-it- 
yourselfer piecing together a desktop system. 



The site features low prices and complete specs 
on every product. 

compusa.com 

The well-organized CompUSA rounds out the 
usual selection of PC hardware, peripherals, and 
accessories with areas devoted to electronics and 
gadgets. The site's new Game Fixx arm specializes 
in PC and console games. 

computers4sure.com 

In the 19 well-stocked departments at Computers- 
4Sure.com you'll find a broad spectrum of products, 
including networking equipment, PDAs, and scan- 
ners. Bargain hunters can quickly sniff out deals 
on the Clearance pages. 

computersurplusoutlet.com 

You're just crazy enough to build your own desktop 
system, aren't you? Then you'll feel right at home 
at Computer Surplus Outlet, where you'll find 
closeouts, overstocks, refurbished equipment, 
and liquidation items. You might even stumble 
on an assembly-required Pentium system for 
less than $100. 

crucial.com 

One of the largest providers of memory upgrades 
on the Web, Crucial Technology offers free shipping 
on CompactFlash cards and RAM for 1 1 ,000 com- 
puter systems. The company backs its memory with 
a lifetime warranty. 

c-source.com 

The catalog at decade-old CompSource includes a 
full range of PC products — nearly 200,000 in all. 
The company promises same-day shipping, but 
watch out for the 1 5 percent fee on returns. 

dalco.com 

Dalco Electronics stocks everything from mother- 
boards to monitors. If you're a bargain hunter, start 
with the specials found on the home page. You'll 
also find a helpful motherboard/CPU and memory 
configurator. 

dartek.com 

Dartek sells a remarkable selection of hardware, 
software, networking equipment, and office furni- 
ture. Well-designed features include printable spec 
sheets, customers' product ratings, a product-watch 
feature, and a frequent-buyers' club. 

directron.com 

Specializing in computer peripherals, Directron. 
com offers low prices on a wide variety of name- 
brand and OEM products. Most items include a 30- 
day guarantee, and any order earns you the right to 
pick through the Free Stuff bin. Savvy savers will 
appreciate the Clearance area, as well as frequent- 
customer and volume-purchasing discounts. 

ecost.com 

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euciidcomputers.com 

Euclid Computers stocks laptops from eight manu- 
facturers, PDAs from seven, and a smattering of 
wireless accessories and GPS receivers. Use the fil- 
ter tool to hone your laptop choice by CPU speed, 
screen size, and weight. 

flexguard.com 

Philadelphia Security Products will make sure your 
PC stays right where it belongs — on your desk. The 
site sells a variety of lock and cable kits to protect 
your notebook or desktop computer against thieves. 

www.freecoiorprinters.com 

It's not a scam — "qualified organizations" can 
indeed apply for free color printers at 
FreeColorPrinters, a subsidiary of Xerox. You'll 
need to commit to printing a certain number of 
pages per month and buy your supplies directly from 
Xerox. See the site for details. 

fwdepot.com 

Catering to both Mac and PC users, FireWire Depot 
sells IEEE 1 394 drives, cables, repeaters, and upgrade 
cards. You can buy an empty enclosure, then populate 
it with your own drive — online assembly instructions 
show you how. 

googlegear.com 

Targeting corporations and smaller businesses, 
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hardware, and software. Check out the savings in the 
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Get a Handspring PDA direct from the source. The 
sleek-looking site sells Visor handhelds, add-on 
modules, accessories, and software. 

igo.com 

iGo bills itself as a "mobile technology outfitter." 
Use the site to outfit your cell phone, notebook, 
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delivers free customized news to your portable 
device. 

inkfarm.com 

We're not sure what type of farm printer ink comes 
from, but we do know that lnkfarm.com sells ink 
and toner with flat-rate shipping. Go with "official" 
OEM ink or opt to save big bucks with aftermarket 
ink that often costs about half the price. 

www.jnk4art.com 

Sure, you'll find the usual selection of inkjet car- 
tridges, but lnk4Art also sells distinctive goodies that 
will make your printer happy. Offerings include fluores- 
cent ink cartridges, unusual paper, and project kits for 
printing on T-shirts and mouse pads. 

insight.com 

With more than 110,000 items for sale, Insight 
offers an impressive catalog of hardware and 
software. Customized sites are available for 
shoppers in the United States, Canada, Germany, 
and the United Kingdom. 

jandr.com 

Hardware, software, home-office products, and 
appliances abound at J&R Computer World, the 
New York City-based superstore famed for its 
selection and, ahem, "brusque" service. Avoid the 
attitude with this online version, which specializes 
in cameras, both digital and traditional film models. 

kidstation.com 

The family computer shouldn't be a pain for children 
to use. The main attractions at Kidstation are 
ergonomic mice, keyboards, and computer 
furniture designed with the little ones in mind. 
But you'll also find fun and educational kid-centric 
software. 

Ianblvd.com 

Wrestling with your old router? Network card not work- 
ing? LanBlvd.com specializes in networking products. 
You'll find hubs, routers, interface cards, and wireless 
stations, along with other essentials for your LAN. 

laptoptravel.com 

Laptop Travel is road- warrior heaven! The 
site sells portable-computing and international- 
travel gear, including electrical adapters, modem 
converters/couplers, and security accessories. 
You'll find traditional and "camouflaged" laptop 
carrying cases, laptop RAM, and storage add-ons. 

www.mediastore.com 

Bum, label, and store discs with a little help from 
MediaStore. The site sells CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and 
DVD-RW discs, as well as drives, software, labelers, and 
media-packaging material. If burning audio CDs is your 
thing, visit the site's MP3 section. 



megahaus.com 

MegaHaus' catalog of "everything high-tech" offers 
a full spectrum of products, from mice to monitors. 



The site specializes in storage, including hard drives, 
RAID solutions, and CD recorders. 

mei-microcenter.com 

MEI-Micro Center offers new and refurbished 
desktops from Compaq, eMachines, Hewlett-Packard, 
and PowerSpec. You'll also find a decent selection of 
peripherals. Rummage through the bargain bin for deals 
on closeouts, refurbished units, and overstocks. 

memman.com 

Desktop and laptop memory sold at Memory Man 
carries a lifetime warranty, and the site's reference 
guide offers RAM-configuration info for all brand- 
name computers. 

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computer or digital camera? The site will clue you in. 

mobileplanet.com 

MobilePlanet is home to a gaggle of high-tech 
tools and toys for mobile professionals. The 
selection includes notebooks, PDAs, wireless 
communication products, and travel-size printers 
and scanners. 

motherboardexpress.com 

Don't be overwhelmed by the array of more than 
1 00 boards at Motherboard Express. The site's 
search engine will filter the choices by processor 
type, onboard controller, chipset, case type, or 
number of CPUs. 




Home Networking Products and Resources 

cable-dsl.home.att.net 



The Navas Cable Modem/DSL Tuning Guide offers impartial recommendations of hardware and software 
for sharing your Internet connection between computers. This thorough document covers just about every 

operating system and networking technology you can name. 

homepcnetwork.com 



If you're baffled by networking jargon and don't know where to begin, start here. HomePCnetwork explains 
how to set up a simple home network. Beginners can choose topics such as "connect my laptop to my PC" 
or "connect my two PCs as cheaply as possible." The hardware reviews provide analysis for shoppers with 

a more technical bent. 

homepna.com 



The focused and informative HomePNA.com is dedicated to HomePNA, a type of network that moves data 
over your household phone lines. You'll find plenty of reviews of HomePNA products and links to tutorials. 

personalhomenetworks.com 



Personal Home Networks sells the hardware you need to get your PCs talking in no time. The selection 
includes hubs, switches, cable/DSL modems, and wireless and wired routers. Choose an Easy Installation 

Kit for simple, no-fuss hookups. 

practicallynetworked.com 



Practically Networked will help you through every step of setting up and securing your home network. 
Whether your network will be wired or wireless, this site shows you how to share files and an Internet 

connection among your machines. 

technocopia.com/homenetwork.html 



Need to know how to install a CAT-5 Ethernet cable, or how to set up a home network for gaming? 
Technocopia's Home Networking guide has the answers, along with reviews of inexpensive 

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motherboards.com 

In addition to a wide selection of motherboards with 
copious technical specs on each, Motherboards.com 
serves up honest reviews from picky system shoppers 
like you. If you order a motherboard and CPU together, 
the company will configure and test them for you. 

monitorexpress.com 

Monitor Express sells 500 models of new monitors, 
plus money-saving refurbished ones. The catalog 
also includes monitor cables, video adapters, and 
screen filters. 



monitoroutlet.com 

From inexpensive 14-inchers to elegant and pricey 
flat-panel LCDs, Monitor Outlet proffers a wide 
range of displays. The site sells units from 24 
manufacturers, plus specialty monitors such 
as touch screens, wide-aspect-ratio units, and 
projectors. 

newegg.com 

You won't have to shell out big bucks or scramble for 
hardware at NewEgg.com. Peck at the site's listings of 
new products and top sellers, then take a crack at the 






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club-mac.com 



Join the club! ClubMac's selection of Macintosh hardware, peripherals, and software is tough to beat. 

Click the tabs to zoom in on USB or IEEE 1394 (FireWire) add-ons. then pick your Mac model from the menu 

for a list of compatible RAM. The site's technical library serves up self-help. 

dealmac.com 



Dealmac is an independent price-comparison site that seeks out the lowest prices on Mac hardware, 
software, and gadgets. Peek into the Basement for super deals on out-of-warranty products. 

macmall.com 



MacMall is a vast and easy-to-browse catalog of Apple products. Look in the Mac Professionals section for 
800 products for publishing. Web development, and graphics pros. The Built for Mac OS X section highlights 

software compatible with Apple's shiny new operating system. 

macresq.com 



Looking for an inexpensive Mac for school or work? Visit Mac-Res-Q, an independent Apple reseller with a 
wide variety of refurbished hardware and new software. A weekly e-mail update will keep you abreast of 

new products, price reductions, and specials. 

maczone.com 



In business for 16 years. Mac Zone sells an incredible collection of new Macintosh hardware, accessories, 
and software. Special features include a rebate center and information about Apple Instant Loans. 

powermax.com 



PowerMax Computers sells brand-new, custom-configured Macintoshes, as well as preowned systems. 
The company will even take your old Mac in trade toward a new one. Peripherals and software round out 

the selection. 

smalldog.com 



Small Dog Electronics sells new. used, and refurbished Macintosh computers and accessories. 
The computer selection consists primarily of speedy G4 systems and iMacs. but budget shoppers will also 

find very inexpensive older models. 

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palmgear.com 

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Shoppers at PC Mall receive free lifetime technical 
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hardware, and software. The site's business- 
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pcnation.com 

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pczone.com 

PC Zone stocks an impressive selection of all things 
PC. You'll find links to a clearance area and other 
stores. Mac Zone and Electronics Zone. Printable 
rebate coupons can save you some cash. 




www.pdaorder.com 

PDAOrder sells personal digital assistants preloaded 
with the software you need. Bundles include programs 
for physicians, professionals, financial mavens, and 
college students. The site also offers reviews, feature 
articles, and how-to guides. 

www.sg3d.com 

Sunway Graphics specializes in PC graphics cards, 
offering a wide selection of powerful 3D accelerators. 
You'll also see a smaller selection of other graphics 
products: TV-tuner cards, videoconferencing equip- 
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www.sharbor.com 

Safe Harbor specializes in digital video, animation, 
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includes video workstations, video-capture cards, 
and software for music and video professionals. 

shopper.cnet.com 

The CNET Shopper search engine takes the guess- 
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accessories. The price-drop-alerts feature will send 
you e-mail when the cost of a coveted gadget falls. 
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ssdonline.com 

At State Street Direct, shoppers will discover a 
huge selection of computers and imaging products. 
Digital-camera shoppers will find many items of 
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staples.com 

Yeah, they've got that. Staples' Web site offers a 
liberal price-matching policy on computer acces- 
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so beware. 

store.palm.com 

Put a personal digital assistant in the palm of your 
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Reconditioned and discontinued models are 
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superwarehouse.com 

SuperWarehouse.com stocks printers, monitors, 
hard drives, scanners, digital cameras, and laptops. 
The site's selection of printers is particularly large, 
and even includes plotters, dot matrix units, and 
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suppliesusa.com 

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data-storage supplies, printer accessories, papers, 
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surpluscomputers.com 

Surplus Computers buys and sells corporate 
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and software. The hardware choices include desk- 
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selection includes operating systems and office 
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techstore.com 

TechStore.com offers hardware in dozens of 
categories and highlights monthly top sellers. The 
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thenerds.net 

With no misgivings about the tech-savvy of its 
company or customers, TheNerds.net offers 
60,000 computer products, ranging from cables 
and connectors to graphics cards, at its fast and 
friendly site. The liberal 30-day return policy will 
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tigerdirect.com 

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triocomputers.com 

TrioComputers.com offers an impressive array of 
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warehouse.com 

The three "warehouses" under MicroWarehouse's 
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dealchecker.com 



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The site's service area includes downloadable 
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dell.com 

Dell Computer's electronic storefront has always 
led the way in ease of use. The site is jam-packed 
with detailed information that makes it a snap to 
match a machine to your needs. Each system is 
configurable to the nth degree via drop-down 
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www.fujitsu-pc.com 

Fujitsu's site focuses on portable computing, 
including notebook PCs and pen-based tablet 
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warranty options. A trade-in program offers cash 
back on your old computer when you upgrade to 
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idot.com 

From low-cost budget models to powerful monster 
machines, iDot carries customized desktops 
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microexpress.net 

Micro Express offers built-to-order desktop and 
notebook computers featuring AMD and Intel 
processors. Each system includes a 30-day 
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Business leases are available. 



micronpc.com 

One of the largest direct PC vendors, MicronPC sells 
computers to home-office users, larger businesses, 
government buyers, and buyers outside the United 
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sagernotebook.com 

Specializing in notebook computers, Sager offers a 
variety of options, from budget machines to speedy 
multimedia units. Service includes a 72-hour repair- 
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Business leases are available. 

shopprostar.com 

Each computer in ProStar Computer's line of 
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shoptoshiba.com 

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unitedmicro.com 

Take home a preconfigured Intel- or AMD-based 
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winbook.com 

Focusing exclusively on portables, WinBook 
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BizRate.com shares customers' opinions of thousands 
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consumerreview.com 

ConsumerReview.com helps consumers research 
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dcresource.com 

The Digital Camera Resource Page is an unbiased, 
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lowendpc.com 

Stretch the lifespan of that old computer. Low 
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motherboards.org 

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pdastreet.com 

No matter which PDA you use, there's something for 
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Buypcsoft.com offers software for Windows PCs 
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chumbo.com 

Chumbo.com's selection of PC software includes 
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compuexpert.com 

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KDS RAD-7 17" Flat panel LCD 629 

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124 Key Ez-key Miltimedia/lnternet PS/2 19 

FOCUS 2001 (w/dust cover) PS/2 23 

FOCUS 8200 (programmable & built-in calculator) PS/2 37 
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4D OPTICAL Scroll PS2/USB mouse 19 

Microsoft Internet Keyboard 25 

Microsoft Intellimouse PS/2 15 

Microsoft Intellimouse Optical PS/2 28 

Logitech FirstMouse w/Wheel PS/2 9 

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56K V.90 PCMCIA Fax/Modem 49 

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USR model 2976 PCI F/MA/ voice Internal White Box . .65 

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Sound Blaster AUDIGY w/1394 PCI 75 

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Altec Lansing AVS-300 / AVS-500 32/42 

Altec Lansing ACS-45.2 / ACS-54 49/49 

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RADEON 7200 64MB DDR AGP 85 

RADEON 7500 64MB DDR AGP 169 

RADEON 8500 64MB DDR AGP 239 

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3D Prophet 4500 64MB AGP 89 

3D Prophet 4500 64MB AGP (with TV OUT) 99 

3D Prophet II Titanium 64MB AGP (with TV OUT) . .129 

3D Prophet III Ti 200 64MB AGP (with TV OUT) ... .199 

3D Prophet III Ti 500 64MB AGP (with TV OUT-DVI) . .339 

VISIONTEK 

Xtasy 5864 NVIDIA GF2 Titanium 64MB AGP 135 

Xtasy 6564 NVIDIA GF3 Titanium 200 64MB AGP .185 

Xtasy 6964 NVIDIA GF3 Titanium 500 64MB AGP . .309 

Xtasy Everything 5564 NVIDIA personal Cinema . .189 

PNY TECHNOLOGIES 

VERTO NVIDIA GeForce-3 64MB DDR AGP 259 

VERTO NVIDIA GF2 Titanium 64MB AGP 119 

VERTO NVIDIA GF3 Titanium 200 64MB AGP ... .189 

VERTO NVIDIA GF3 Titanium 500 64MB AGP . . . .309 

PINE TECHNOLOGY 

SIS 3D 8MB SDRAM AGP 29 

NVIDIA TNT-2 Vanta 16MB AGP 39 

NVIDIA TNT-2 M64 32MB AGP 55 

NVIDIA GeForce-2 MX 400 64MB AGP 65 

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ATX 555 Mid Tower w/250W PS 54 

ATX S508-IW Mid Tower w300W P4 PS 65 

ATX 900 Full Tower w/250W PS 85 

ATX 2000 Server Tower w/300W PS 95 

ATX Server 2000 w/redundant 2x300W PS 199 

MicroATX V-700N Mini Tower w/135W PS 47 

MicroATX D-500 Desktop w/135W PS 45 

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SC 750A-P4 Server Tower 300W P4 PS ATX 119 

SC 760A-P4 Server Tower 300W P4 PS ATX 149 

SC 760A-P4 Server Tower 400W P4 PS ATX 219 

SC 830-AX Server Tower 2x300W Redundant PS. ATX . .499 
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Athlon 1.4 Ghz $115.00 

Athlon 1 .33 Ghz $99.00 

Athlon 1 .3 Ghz $99.00 

Athlon 1.2 Ghz $89.00 

Athlon 1 .0 Ghz $69.00 

Athlon 900Mhz $67.00 
AMD DURON 

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Duron 1 .0 Ghz $59.00 

Duron 950Mhz $46.00 

Duron 900Mhz $44.00 

Duron 850Mhz $39.00 

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Celeron 950Mhz $64.00 

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Radeon 32mb PCI $116.00 

Radeon 64mb AGP $163.00 

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Radeon 8500 64MB $210.00 
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AMD Duron 950 $50.00 

AMD Duron 1.0 $55.00 

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Intel Celeron 900 $45.00 

Intel Celeron 1.0 $50.00 

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T4600,T4900,T610,T650, PROTEGE 300,600 S 

2.1GB/ 4GB $79/115 

6GB/ 10GB $125/175 



DELL 

DELL LATTITUDE XP A XPI StK\t\ LATTITUDE CP & CPI 
SERIES, LM SHIES, INSP'RON 3000, 3200, 3500,5000, 
7000,7500 

2.1GB/ 4GB $109/145 

6GB/ 10GB $155/205 

NEC 

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TOSHIBA T4400, T4700, T4800, T4850, 
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2 1GB/ 4GB $109/145 

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TEXAS INTRUMENTS 

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570,575, MODEL 6000,5000,4000M,4000E,4000 

2.1GB/ 4GB $109/145 

6GB/ 10GB $155/205 

GATEWAY 

GATEWAY COLORBOOK , HANDBOOK, 486 
NOMAD, SOLO SERIES A OTHER MODELS 

2.1GB/ 4GB $109/145 

6GB/ 10GB $155/205 

AST 

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2.1GB/4GB $109/145 

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PROLIANT 2500 80 85 151 

PROLIANT 1000, 4860X2766 10 14 29 69 

PROLIANT 5000 FAMILY 198 

PROLINIA DESKTOP 450 11 14 29 58 

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THINKPAD 365X, XD. 380X.XD.385XD. 560 17 28 

THINKPAD 760XD, XL, 765D. 765L 17 28 

THINKPAD 701C, 701CS 25 

THINKPAD 390. 570E. 600X, I SERIES.X20.X21 14 23 56 

750/C/CE/CS/P. 755C/CS/CD/CE/CSE/CV/CDV 99 

THINKPAD 760LD,760L,760CD.760C 89 

THINKPAD 760E / ED/ EL/ ELD 15 28 

THINKPAD 600,770EyED/X,TRANSNOTE, T SERIES. .14 23.... 56 

THINKPAD 850 POWER SERIES 14 23 56 

COMPAQ 32MB..64MB..128..256MB 

LTE ELITE 486 SERIES 51(24MB) 

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ARMADA M700. EVO NOTEBOOK 14 23 .56 

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ARMADA 4100, 4200 SERIES 36 46 

ARMADA 1 100,1 120, 1 1 20T, 1 125 17 28 

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ASCENTIA 900N ,910N SERIES 46 59 

ASCENTIA 950N SERIES 58 72 

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T2100 SERIES 69(24MB) 

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PROTEGE 7000, 7010,7020 SERIES 10 15 23 

TECRA 8000, 8100, SATELLITE 2800 SERIES 15 23 56 

SATELLITE PRO 100/200/400 SERIES 56 

SATELLITE PRO 300, 440,445,460,470,480 28 74 

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TECRA 750, 780 SERIES 15 28 

SATELLITE 4600, TECRA 9000 15 23 56 

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TECRA 710, 720, 730, 740 56 1 10 138 

LIBRETTO 50, 60, 70 69 

LIBRETTO 100CT.1 10CT,1 1 OCT-NT.PROTEGE 3000 SERIES. 94 

DELL ..32MB. 64MB. 128MB. 256MB 

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INSPIRON 7500, 3800, 3700, 4000,5000,800015 23 56 

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LATTITUDE XR XPI SERIES 36 

LATTITUDE LM SERIES 36 

LATTITUDE CP, CPI SERIES 17 28 209 

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CTX 8MB..16MB..32MB.64MB 

EZ BOOK 700 SERIES, CTX X 95SNS 28 38 36 56 

EZ BOOK 700E SERIES, 800SERIES 15 38 

3 2M B. .64MB. . 1 28MB. . 2 56MB 

SOLO 9SOO, 9550 SERIES 15 23 56 

SOLO 2150, 1 150, 5300, 9300,3350 15 23 56 

LIBERTY DX2/50, DX4/100 59 

SOLO S90, SI 20, V75, V90 NOTEBOOK 59 

GATEWAY SOLO 2100,2200 69 105 

GATEWAY SOLO 2300, 2SOO SERIES 15 23 

SOLO 3100XL/LS/SE, 5150XL/LS/XE 15 23 

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• Desktops 

Pentium 4, Pentium III, AMD Duron, AMD Athlon, 
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• PDAs/Palmtops/HPCs 

• Portables 

Pentium lll/ll, Pentium, AMD Athlon, AMD Duron, 
Celeron 

PERIPHERALS 194 

• Digital Cameras/Camcorders 

• Input Devices 

Graphics Tablets, Keyboards/Keypads, Mice, 
Trackballs 

• Modems 

External Fax, Internal Fax, PC Card, Voice/Data 

• Monitors 

19" & Larger, 17", 15" & Smaller, LCD Flat Panel 

• Office Equipment 

Multifunction Peripherals, Point-of-Sale, 
Misc. Office Equipment 

• Presentation Equipment 

• Printers 

Inkjet, Laser (Color), Laser (Monochrome), 
Print Servers/Sharing Units, Misc. Printers 

• Scanners 

Bar- Code, Desktop, Handheld 

• Speakers/Headphones 

• Storage Devices 

CD-ROM Drives, CD-Recordable/Rewritable Drives, 
Duplication Systems, DVD-ROM Drives, 
DVD -Recordable/Rewritable Drives, Floppy Disk 
Drives, LS-120, Hard Drives, Optical Storage, 
RAID Storage, Removable Storage, Tape Drives 

• Video Conferencing 

COMPONENTS 195 

• General Components 

Cables/Connectors, Chassis/Cases, CPUs, 
Memory Upgrades 

• Add-In Cards 

Controller Cards, Graphics/Accelerator Cards, 
Memory Cards, Sound Cards, Video Controllers & 
Equipment 

• Consumer Electronics 

• Motherboards 

• PC Card Equipment • Misc. Components 

ACCESSORIES 196 

• Electrical Accessories 

Batteries, Uninterruptible Power Supplies 

• Disk Accessories • Notebook Accessories 

Carrying Cases, Notebook/Laptop Hard Drives, 
Portable CD-ROM Drives, Portable DVD-ROM 
Drives, Portable MP3 Music Players, Misc. 
Notebook Accessories 

• Printer Supplies 

Printer Expansion Memory, Printer Ribbons, 
Toner/Inkjet Cartridges, Misc. Printer Supplies 

• Storage Media • Misc. Accessories 

NETWORKING/COMM. EQUIP. 196 

SOFTWARE & CONTENT 196 

• Applications Software 

Accounting/Finance/Tax/Investment, Communications, 
Desktop Publishing, Education/Training, 
Entertainment/Games, Fonts, Graphics, Integrated, 
Internet, Languages/Tools, Networking, OCR, PIMs, 
Point-of-Sale, Project Management, Security, 
Utilities, Word Processing 

• Operating Systems/GUIs 

• Books/Catalogs/ Videos 

SERVICES 196 

• Training/Business 

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COMPUTER SYSTEMS 

• Desktops 

Pentium 4 

Acer America Corp • 18 
Adamant Computers • 1 59 
Atlas Micro • 28, 29 
Compaq Computer Corp • 48, 

49 
Compaq Consumer Direct 

• C0V2-C0V4, 1 
Cyber Power • 58, 59 
Cybertron • 98, 99 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 106, 107 
Gateway 2000 • 31, 36, 52, 53 
Gentech • 183 
Googlegear.com • 61 
Hewlett-Packard • 18 
IBM Corporation • 48, 49, 66, 

69 

iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Micro Pro •88, 89, 185 
Micron Electronics • 79, 81 
Motherboard Express • 147 
Sony Corp of America • 48, 49 
United Micro • 91 
Zony Systems • 1 90 

Pentium III 

Compaq Computer Corp • 14, 

15,48,49 

Cyber Power • 58, 59 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 138, 139 
Gateway 2000 • 52, 53 
IBM Corporation • 48, 49, 66, 

69 

Micro Pro* 88, 89, 185 
UUpgrade.com • 171 

AMD Duron 

Adamant Computers • 1 59 
Atlas Micro • 28, 29 
Cyber Power • 58, 59, 86, 87 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Micro Pro •88,89,141,185 
Systemax»65, 127 
Zony Systems • 190 

AMD Athlon 

Alienware • 1 24, 1 25 
Cyber Power • 58, 59, 86, 87 



Cybertron • 98, 99 
Hewlett-Packard • 48, 49, 208, 
211 

Micro Pro '88, 89, 141,185 
Systemax • 65 
United Micro • 91 
Zony Systems • 1 90 

AMD Athlon XP 

ABS Computer Technologies 

• 11 

Adamant Computers • 159 
Alienware • 124, 125 
Atlas Micro • 28, 29, 55 
Cyber Power • 58, 59, 86, 87 
Cybertron • 98, 99 
Gentech* 183 
Googlegear.com • 93 
hpshopping.com • 75 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Micro Pro •88,89,141,185 
Nutrend • 85 
Systemax • 1 27 
Thompson Computer 

Warehouse • 109 
United Micro • 91 
Xi Computer Corp • 179 
Zony Systems • 1 90 

Celeron 

Atlas Micro • 28, 29 
Compaq Computer Corp • 48, 

49,208,211 
Cyber Power • 58, 59 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 138, 139 
Gateway 2000 • 31 , 36 
Hewlett-Packard •208, 211 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
MicroPro* 88,89, 185 
Zony Systems • 190 

Bare Bones 

Adamant Computers • 1 59 
Thompson Computer 
Warehouse •109,189 
United Micro • 91 
Zony Systems • 1 90 



Multiprocessor 

Adamant Computers • 1 59 
Alienware* 124,125 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 
C0V8, 138, 139 
IBM Corporation • 66, 69 
Micro Pro • 88, 89 
Motherboard Express • 147 

servers 

Adamant Computers • 159 
Compaq Computer Corp • 14, 

15,48,49 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 138, 139 
IBM Corporation • 48, 49, 66, 

69 

Micro Pro •88, 89, 141 
Quantum Corp • 48, 49 
Systemax • 65 

Terminals/Workstations 

Adamant Computers • 1 59 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 
C0V8 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 

• PDAs/Palmtops/ 
HPCs 

Compaq Computer Corp • 1 8, 
208,211 
eBay • 9 

Handspring • 165 
Hewlett-Packard •208, 211 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Micron Electronics* 14, 15 
Palm • 165 

• Portables 

Pentium III 

Acer America Corp • 18 
Compaq Computer Corp • 48, 

49,172 

Compaq Consumer Direct 
• C0V2-C0V4 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 6, 44, 45, 106, 107, 

136,137 



eBay • 9 

Gateway 2000 • 31 , 36, 52, 

53 

Hewlett-Packard • 1 72 
IBM Corporation • 18,48,49, 

66,69,172 
Micron Electronics • 14, 15, 

79,81 

Prostar Computer • 62, 63, 95 
Sager • 21 , 25, 56, 57 
Sony Corp of America • 172 
Sony ITA • 16, 17 
Toshiba America • 48, 49, 

172 

UUpgrade.com • 171 
WinBook Computer Corp • 83 

Pentium II 

IBM Corporation • 187,192 
Toshiba America • 187 

Pentium 

IBM Corporation •187, 192 

AMD Athlon 

Compaq Computer Corp • 172 
Hewlett-Packard* 172 

AMD Duron 

Compaq Computer Corp • 1 72 
Hewlett-Packard • 172 
Sony Corp of America • 172, 
208, 21 1 

Celeron 

Compaq Computer Corp • 48, 

49,172,187 

Compaq Consumer Direct 
• C0V2-C0V4 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 44,45, 106, 107, 136, 

137 

Gateway 2000 • 31, 36 
Hewlett-Packard • 172 
IBM Corporation • 66, 69, 172, 

187 

Sony Corp of America • 1 72 
Toshiba America • 1 72 



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Voice/Data 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 185, 








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PRODUCT 
INDEX 


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• Digital Cameras/ 


212,213 


Logic Controls • 51 


Camcorders 


Creative Labs* 212, 213 


Mag-Tek • 51 


Canon Computer Systems 


Phoebe* 185 


Metrologic Instruments • 154 


•165,169,172 


j • Monitors 


MMF Cash Drawer Co • 51 , 154 


Eastman Kodak Co • 18, 165, 172, 


NextPOS Corp* 154 


185 


19" & Larger 


NJCR Technologies • 51 


Epson • 165 


AOC International Ltd • 189, 190 


PC America • 51 


Fuji •18,165,172,208,211 


KDS USA* 185, 189 


Percon • 1 54 


Hewlett-Packard •208,211 


NEC Technologies* 208, 211 


Point of Sale Solutions • 1 54 


Minolta Corp* 169 


Planar Systems • 208, 21 1 


Star Micronics America • 1 54 


Nikon • 165, 169, 172 


Samsung Electronics America 


Symbol Technologies • 154 


Olympus Image Systems 


•208,211 


Unitech Systems • 51 


•165,172 


ViewSonic • 208, 211,212, 213 


Worth Data* 156 


Pentax* 169 






Sony Corp of America • 165, 169, 


17" 


Misc. Office Equipment 


172 


AOC International Ltd • 189, 190 


Nurol Corp • 1 54 


Toshiba America • 165 

• Input Devices 


Futura • 1 71 

KDS USA • 185, 189 

NEC Technologies • 208, 21 1 


• Presentation 
Equipment 


Graphics Tablets 


Planar Systems •208,211 


Adtech* 158 


Wacom Technology • 165 


Samsung Electronics America 


Hitachi* 158 




•208,211 


InFocus* 158 


Keyboards/Keypads 


Sony Corp of America • 171 


Mitsubishi Electronics America 


Cherry Electrical Products • 51 


SYS Technology • 48, 49 


• 158 


Focus Electronic Corp • 185 


ViewSonic • 208, 211, 212, 213 


NEC Technologies • 1 58 


Genovation • 51 




ProjectorPeople • 1 58 


Key Tronic Corp • 201 


15" & Smaller 


Proxima Corp • 1 58 


Logic Controls • 51 


AOC International Ltd • 189 


Sanyo Business Systems Corp 


Logitech • 18 


Futura • 171 


•158 


MicroPro* 185 


KDS USA* 185 


Toshiba America • 158 


Microsoft Corp • 185,189 


Planar Systems • 208, 21 1 


• Printers 


Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 1 89 


ViewSonic* 171, 212, 213 






Inkjet 


Mice 


LCD Flat Panel 


Epson • 208, 21 1 


Key Tronic Corp • 201 


Acer Peripherals • 1 90 


Hewlett-Packard •208,211 


Logitech* 185,201 


AOC International Ltd* 190 




MicroPro* 185 


Futura • 1 71 


Laser (Color) 


Microsoft Corp • 18, 185, 189, 201 


KDS USA* 18, 183, 185, 189 


Minolta Corp • 1 8 


Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 1 89 


NECTechnologies*14, 15, 208, 
211 
NFren*185 


QMS* 18 


Trackballs 


Laser (Monochrome) 


Focus Electronic Corp • 185 


Nurol Corp • 1 54 


Brother International Corp • 18 


• Modems 


Samsung Electronics America 
•208,211 


Hewlett-Packard • 48, 49, 208, 
211 


External Fax 


SYS Technology -48, 49, 171 




3Com Corp/US Robotics • 185, 189 


ViewSonic •171,197, 199,208, 


Print Servers/ 


Intel Corp* 189 


211,212,213 


Sharing Units 


Lucent Technologies • 1 89 
Phoebe* 185 


• Office Equipment 


D-Link Systems • 14, 15 


Rockwell • 189 


Multifunction Peripherals 


Misc. Printers 


Thompson Computer Warehouse 


Brother International Corp • 208, 


Axiohm Cognitive Solutions • 1 54 


•189 


211 


Citizen America Corp • 51 
Cognitive Solutions • 51 


Internal Fax 


Point-of-Sale 


Eltron International • 1 54 


3Com Corp/US Robotics • 185, 


American Microsystems • 51 , 1 55 


Epson • 51, 154 


212,213 j 


APG Cash Drawer • 51 


Hewlett-Packard •208, 211 


Creative Labs* 212, 213 


Axiohm Cognitive Solutions • 154 


Ithaca Peripherals • 51, 154 


Phoebe • 185 


Eltron International • 1 54 


Nurol Corp • 1 54 




Epson • 154 


PC America • 51 


PC Card 


IBS* 154 j 


Star Micronics America • 51, 154 


Phoebe* 185 

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Worth Data* 156 



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Bar-Code 

American Microsystems • 1 55 

MfeVrataQfc, tastoMnts • 5A , 1 54 

NJCR Technologies • 51 

Nurol Corp • 154 

PC America • 51 

Percon • 51 

Point of Sale Solutions • 1 54 

PSC • 51 

Symbol Technologies • 51 , 1 54 

Unitech Systems • 1 54 

Worth Data • 156 

Desktop 

Epson* 18,197,199 
Hewlett-Packard • 197, 199, 208, 
211 

Handheld 

American Microsystems • 1 55 

Nurol Corp • 1 54 

PC America • 51 

Point of Sale Solutions • 1 54 

WizCom Technologies • 1 65 

Worth Data* 156 

• Speakers/ 
Headphones 

Altec Lansing Corp • 185 

Creative Labs • 185 

KinyoCo* 189 

Thompson Computer Warehouse 

•189 

• Storage Devices 

CD-ROM Drives 

Acer Peripherals • 152, 153, 197, 

199 

ASUS Computer International • 201 
Creative Labs • 152,153,189, 

197,199 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Hitachi •197,199 
Mega Haus* 152,153 
MicroPro* 185 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 152, 

153,185,189,197,199,212,213 
NEC Technologies • 152, 153, 185, 

197,199 

Plextor • 152, 153, 197, 199 
Sony Corp of America • 1 52, 1 53, 

171,197,199,212,213 
TEAC America* 152,153,197, 

199 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

•189 
Toshiba America • 152, 153, 185, 

197,199,212,213 

CD-Recordable/ 
Rewritable Drives 

Acer Peripherals • 152, 153, 197, 



199 

AOpen • 190 

ASUS Computer International 
•152,153,197,199 
BTC (Behavior Tech Computer) 
• 185 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Lite-On • 1 85 
Mega Haus* 152,153 
Micron Electronics • 14, 15 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 212, 

213 
Plextor* 152, 153, 171, 185, 190, 

197,199,200,201,208,211, 

212,213 
QPS • 48, 49 
Sony Corp of America • 18, 152, 

153,197,199,200,212,213 
TDK • 152, 153, 185, 197, 199 
TEAC America* 152,153,189, 

197,199 

Toshiba America • 171, 189 
Yamaha •152, 153, 189, 197, 199, 

200,212,213 

Duplication Systems 

Rimage Corporation • 1 97, 1 99 

DVD-ROM Drives 

Afreey* 189,201 
Creative Labs • 152,153 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Hitachi •197,199 
Mega Haus* 152,153 
Micro Pro • 185 

Pioneer New Media Technologies 
•152,153,171,185,197,199 
Samsung Electronics America 
•189 

Sony Corp of America • 1 90 
Toshiba America • 152, 153, 189, 
197,199,212,213 

DVD-Recordable/ 
Rewritable Drives 

Hewlett-Packard* 185 
Pioneer New Media Technologies 
•48,49,171,183 

Floppy Disk Drives 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Mega Haus • 152, 153 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 1 85, 
189 

Sony Corp of America • 201 
TEAC America* 185 

LS-120 

Imation • 152,153 

Hard Drives 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Fujitsu* 171, 197, 199 



IBM Corporation • 152, 153, 171, 

185,189,197,199,201,212,213 
Maxtor Corp • 48, 49, 152, 153, 

171,189,197,199,201,212,213 
Mega Haus* 152, 153 
MicroPro* 185 
MicroSolutions • 197,199 
Samsung Electronics America 
• 189 
Seagate Technology • 1 52, 1 53, 

171,185,197,199,201,208, 

211,212,213 
Western Digital Corp • 152, 153, 

171,189,197,199,201,212, 

213 

Optical Storage 

Maxoptix Corp* 197, 199 
Sony Corp of America • 197, 199 

RAID Storage 

Adaptec* 197,199 
Mega Haus* 152,153 

Removable Storage 

Castlewood Systems • 152, 153, 

197,199 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197, 199, 200 
Iomega Corp • 48, 49, 152, 153, 

171,185,189,197,199,201, 

212,213 

Maxtor Corp • 48, 49 
Mega Haus* 152, 153 
UUpgrade.com • 171 

Tape Drives 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Hewlett-Packard* 197,199 
Quantum Corp* 197, 199, 200 
Seagate Technology • 1 52, 1 53, 
185,197,199,208,211 
Sony Corp of America • 197, 199 
Tandberg Data* 197, 199 

• Video Conferencing 

Creative Labs • 185 

JVC Information Products • 169 

Phoebe* 185 

Sony Corp of America • 169 



COMPONENTS 

• General Components 

Cables/Connectors 

Mega Haus* 152,153 
Memory Man • 201 



Chassis/Cases 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Enlight Corp • 189 



In Win Development • 185 
Mega Haus* 152,153 
MicroPro* 185 
Super Micro • 1 85 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 189 

CPUs 

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) 

• 141,171,185,189,190,201, 
212,213 

Intel Corp •171,185, 189, 190, 
192,201,212,213 

Memory Upgrades 

Compaq Computer Corp • 192 
Corsair Microsystems • 201, 212, 

213 

Crucial Technology (div of Micron) 
•12,13,194 
IBM Corporation • 192 
Kahlon«192 
Kingston Technology Corp • 41 , 

154,208,211 
Memory Man • 201 
MicroPro* 185 
PC Progress* 212,213 
Simple Technology • 14, 15 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 189 

UUpgrade.com • 171 
Zony Systems • 190 

• Add-In Cards 

Controller Cards 

Adaptec •197,199,212,213 
Arco Computer Products • 197, 

199 

Dirt Cheap Drives •197,199 
Promise Technology • 197, 199, 

212,213 
Tekram • 197,199 

Graphics/ 
Accelerator Cards 

ABIT Computer Corp • 212, 213 
ASUS Computer International 
•183,212,213 
ATI Technologies • 4, 152, 153, 
171,185,189,212,213 
CanopusCorp* 165 
eV6A.com • 189 
Hercules Computer Technology 
•185 

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd 
•189,212,213 
Pine Technology • 185 
PNY Electronics* 185 
Sigma Designs • 197, 199 
SIS • 189 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 189 
VisionTek • 1 85 



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AST Research* 192 
Compaq Computer Corp • 1 92 
CTX International* 192 
Dell Computer Corp • 192 
Gateway 2000* 192 
Hewlett-Packard • 192 
IBM Corporation • 192 
Kahlon*192 

Kingston Technology Corp • 208, 
211 

Memory Man • 201 
Toshiba America • 1 92 

Sound Cards 

Creative Labs • 171,185,189, 
197,199,201,208,211,212,213 
Hercules Computer Technology 
•185 

Thompson Computer Warehouse 
•189 

UUpgrade.com • 171 
Yamaha* 189 

Video Controllers & 
Equipment 

ATI Technologies • 152, 153, 185, 

189,212,213 
Dazzle Multimedia • 165 
Mega Haus* 152,153 
Pinnacle Systems • 1 52, 1 53 
Sigma Designs • 152, 153, 197, 

199 
Wavelink Media • 197,199 

• Consumer Electronics 

JVC Information Products • 169 

Kenwood • 1 69 

Option Telecom • 1 54 

Panasonic • 169 

Sony Corp of America • 169 

Terrapin • 169 

• Motherboards 

ABJT Computer Corp • 141, 159, 

185,201,212,213 
Amptron International • 190 
ASUS Computer International 
•141,171,185,190,201,212, 

213 

Biostar • 189 
DFI • 159 
ECS •141,185 
Giga-Byte • 159, 212, 213 
Intel Corp •159,171, 185, 189, 

212,213 

Iwill (Quicktech) • 141, 185 
Microstar Laboratories • 189 
MSI* 190,201,212,213 
Shuttle Computer Group • 171 
Soyo Computer • 159, 189 



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Super Micro* 159, 185 
Transcend Information • 201 
Tyan Computer Corp • 141, 171, 
185,201 

• PC Card Equipment 

Agere Systems • 208, 21 1 
Cisco Systems • 48, 49 
D-Link Systems •208, 211 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Kahlon • 192 
Linksys • 48, 49 
MegaHaus* 152, 153 

• Misc. Components 

American Microsystems • 155 
Dirt Cheap Drives* 197, 199 
IBM Corporation • 192 
Kahlon* 192 
MegaHaus* 152,153 
Memorex • 27 
Memory Man • 201 
Road Tools* 191 
SanDiskCorp* 18 
UUpgrade.com • 171 



ACCESSORIES 

• Electrical 
Accessories 

Batteries 

Compaq Computer Corp • 192 
IBM Corporation • 192 
Kahlon* 192 
Toshiba America • 192 

Uninterruptible Power 
Supplies 

American Power Conversion Corp 
•14,15,48,49 

• Disk Accessories 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 

• Notebook/ 
Portable Accessories 

Carrying Cases 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 

Notebook/Laptop Hard Drives 

AST Research* 192 
Compaq Computer Corp • 192 
Dell Computer Corp • 192 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Gateway 2000* 192 
Hitachi • 197, 199 



IBM Corporation • 192, 197, 199, 

212,213 
Kahlon* 192 
NEC Technologies • 192 
Texas Instruments (Acer) • 192 
Toshiba America • 192, 197, 199, 

212,213 

Portable CD-ROM Drives 

Kahlon* 192 

Portable DVD-ROM Drives 

eBay • 9 

Portable MP3 
Music Players 

Archos • 165 

Rio Digital Audio • 208, 211 

Misc. Notebook/ 
Portable Accessories 

Kahlon* 192 

• Printer Supplies 

Printer Expansion Memory 

Hewlett-Packard • 192 
IBM Corporation • 192 
Kahlon* 192 
Lexmark International • 192 

Printer Ribbons 

American Ribbon & Toner Co • 157 

Toner/Inkjet Cartridges 

American Ribbon & Toner Co • 1 57 

Misc. Printer Supplies 

American Ribbon & Toner Co • 157 
Nurol Corp • 1 54 

• Storage Media 

CD-R (Recordable) Discs 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197, 199, 200 
MegaHaus* 152,153 

Data Cartridges/ 
Cassettes 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197, 199, 200 
Fuji • 48, 49 

Hewlett-Packard* 197,199 
MegaHaus* 152, 153 
Quantum Corp* 197,199 
Seagate Technology • 152, 153, 
197,199 
Sony Corp of America • 197, 199 

DVD-R (Recordable) Discs 

Dirt Cheap Drives •197,199 

Optical Disks 

Maxoptix Corp • 197,199 



Sony Corp of America • 197, 199 

Zip Disks 

Iomega Corp • 152, 153, 185, 197, 
199 



• Misc. Accessories 

Dirt Cheap Drives* 197, 199 
MegaHaus* 152,153 



NETWORKING/ 

COMMUNICATIONS 

EQUIPMENT 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 14, 15, 

48,49,152,153,185,189,197, 

199,212,213 
Adaptec* 197,199 
BayNetworks • 18 
Cisco Systems • 14, 15, 48, 49 
Citrix • 1 4, 1 5 
D-Link Systems • 14, 15, 48, 49, 

185,208,211 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Edimax Technology Co • 212, 213 
Intel Corp • 185, 189 
Linksys •18,48, 49, 208, 211 
MegaHaus* 152,153 
MicroPro* 185 
Motherboard Express • 147 
Phoebe* 185 
SMC (Standard Microsystems Corp) 

•48,49,208,211 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 
•189 

UUpgrade.com • 171 
Worth Data* 156 



SOFTWARE & CONTENT 

• Applications 
Software 

Accounting/Finance/ 
Tax/Investment 
Intuit • 1 8, 157, 181,207,208,211 
Microsoft Corp • 157, 207, 208, 
211 
Nurol Corp • 1 54 

Communications 

Symantec Corp • 157, 181, 207 
Symantec Corp (Delrina Group) 
•157,181,207 

Desktop Publishing 

Adobe Systems • 48, 49, 157, 181, 
207 



Education/Training 

Thomson Education Direct • 119 

Entertainment/Games 

Microsoft Corp • 18 

Fonts 

Nurol Corp • 154 
Worth Data* 156 

Graphics 

Adobe Systems • 48, 49, 157, 181, 
207 

Corel Corp •157,207, 208, 211 
Macromedia • 181 

Integrated 

Corel Corp •181,207 

Lotus Development Corp • 1 57 

Microsoft Corp • 157,181 

Internet 

Adobe Systems • 1 57 
Macromedia • 208, 21 1 

Languages/Tools 

Inprise Corp (Borland) • 157, 181 
Microsoft Corp • 181 

Networking 

Microsoft Corp •157,181,207 

OCR 

Caere Corp •208, 211 

PIMs 

Symantec Corp • 157, 181, 207 

Point-of -Sale Software 

American Microsystems • 155 

DCRS Solutions • 154 

ICV Corp* 154 

Merchant Software Corp • 154 

Northwest Network Solutions • 1 54 

Nurol Corp • 1 54 

PC America • 51 

Point of Sale Solutions • 1 54 

Sales Management Systems • 1 54 

StrandWare»154 

Worth Data* 156 

Project Management 

Microsoft Corp • 157, 181, 207 

Security 

Network Associates (McAfee) 
•157,207 

Utilities 

Adaptec •197,199,208,211 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 197,199 
Elektroson USA •197,199 
Microsoft Corp • 207 



PRODUCT 
INDEX 



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Network Associates (McAfee) • 207 
Seagate Software • 197, 199 
Symantec Corp • 18, 48, 49, 157, 
181,207,208,211 
Veritas Software •208,211 

Word Processing 

Corel Corp • 157 

• Operating 
Systems/GUIs 

Windows/GUI Environments 

Microsoft Corp • 2, 3, 18, 48, 49, 
66,69,157,181,201,207 

• Books/Catalogs/ 
Videos 

Worth Data* 156 



SERVICES 

• Training/Business 

PC America • 51 



• Misc. Services 

Cybertron • 98, 99 
eBay • 9 
Memorex • 27 
Micro Exchange Corp • 145 
Micron Electronics • 79, 81 
Netscape • 184 
Option Telecom • 1 54 
Safeware • 47 



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$209 $25 (TR4) 
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S49 

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S59 

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$95 

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IDE 66 w/plastic cartridge (DP2200A66) $79 N/A 

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Ultra Wide SCSI (DP2200UW) $105 N/A 

EXTRA CARTRIDGE 

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CD Caddies (CDCADDY) 5-19/20+ $5/$4 
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USB 2.0 24x10x40 (with TDK Drive) T241040USB2 $329 

CD CyClone 16x10x40 1394 w/ Toast Blue/Ext 7030 SI 99 

CD CyClone 16x10x40 1394 PC Ice/Ext 7035 S199 
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FireWire 16x10x40 (w/ Plextor Drive) Ext. FW16X10X40P $265 

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Gateway's chief executive discusses leading-edge products and 
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ATEWAY AND TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP: AN OXYMORON 
But Ted Waitt, Gateway's chairman and CEO, who 
earlier this year returned to retake the reins of the 
company he founded, is hoping to recast the company's image 
in the second half of 2002. His efforts are sorely needed, as the 
struggling PC maker seeks to boost its sagging revenues and 
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As you look to reach out to small and medi- 
um businesses with your IT solutions, are you 
also guarding your back with technological 
innovations? 

One of the things the company got away 
from in the last two years was clear tech- 
nological leadership. The company 
became more of a follower than a leader. 
And if you look at my track record, it's 
much better to lead than to follow. 

I think you're going to see over the 
next few years more innovative products. 
Not just with the kind of computers you 
sit two feet away from, but with products 
that you sit across the room from. 
Integration with the TV and consumer- 
electronics devices, products you hold in 
your hand, and mobile products, as well 
as back-end infrastructure products like 
thin-client servers. 

As you look to return to technology leader- 
ship, were all the tools in place when you 
came back? 

I think it's more of an attitude than nec- 
essarily having the expertise. There are 
two different pieces. We have always had 
a kind of a virtual engineering model, 
where you're picking the best of the best 
that is out there. 

It's just more attitudinal about taking 
risks.... It's having a mindset of...obsolet- 
ing your own products and waterfalling 
technology before other people do it, 
rather than looking in your rearview 
mirror. 




So pushing the flat-panel 

monitor on desktops is an 

example of you saying, 

"Here's a product that's out there, and we 

think everyone would like it if they had one, 

if we make it more attractive?" 

Right, if we make it more attractive, it costs 
less to ship, the warranty cost is lower, and it 
looks better. The price deltas came down to 
where it's not a huge price delta. 

When you have to take risks on prod- 
ucts, like Destination [Gateway's PC /TV 
product], these are products that weren't 
necessarily financial or market successes. 
But we also learned a lot from those prod- 

"YouYe going to see more 
innovative products. 
Not just with the kind of 
computers you sit two 
feet away from, but with 
products you sit across 
the room from." 



ucts, and it put the company in the right 
light as an innovator and not just a follower. 

I take it that the idea for PC/TV combinations 
for the living room has not gone away, then? 

It definitely hasn't gone away. We think the 



right categorization for digital devices is 
something you hold in your hand, a 
mobile- type product, and something you 
sit two feet away from. That can be a PC, 
that can be a terminal, but it has an input 
device. And something that you sit across 
the room from and look at on a bigger 
screen — you'd interact with it in a different 
way, and it's integrated with your other 
consumer devices. 

With digital TV being so expen- 
sive, do you see an opportunity 
with PCs offering a cost advan- 
tage? HDTV is pricey, and you can 
do the same things with a PC and 
a good monitor. 

[Destination] was basically a big- 
screen PC. And just to change the 
refresh rate and deal with stable 
images, rather than moving 
images, to go from interlace to noninterlace, 
was not a significant cost delta. But digital 
TVs cost a lot because there is not a huge 
market for them. 

There is a huge chicken-and-egg problem 
with new technology: It costs too much, 
because there are not a lot of people buying 
it, and because there are not a lot of people 
buying, it costs too much. Eventually, it 
breaks through. 

At one point, you obviously wanted to 
pursue other interests. You brought in 
former CEO Jeffrey Weitzen and got active 
with your foundation and other things. 
At what point do you want to go back to 
that initial plan? 

I took a year off, and I spent a lot of time 
with the foundation, the boards of a few dif- 
ferent companies, and I looked at the enter- 
tainment business, the sports field. I spent a 
lot of time just talking to people. It was a 
quest to figure out what I want to do when I 
grow up. I can separate myself from Gate- 
way, physically, mentally and emotionally. All 
I know is it's fun doing what I'm doing. 

For a full transcript, and more interviews with 
people making tech news, see Newsmakers at 
CNET News.com (www.news.com). 

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